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Hard Ons, Bloodbags, Illicit Wah Wahz, Threat Meet Protocol

Hard Ons, Bloodbags, Illicit Wah Wahz, Threat Meet Protocol

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  • Fri 18 May ’18, 8:00pm – 2:00am


Whammy Bar, St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Newton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Tickets: $25.00

The Hard-Ons are an Australian punk rock band which formed in 1981. Founding members included Keish de Silva on guitar, vocals and Peter "Blackie" Black on guitar, Ray Ahn soon joined on bass guitar with de Silva switching to drums. The group issued eight studio albums before disbanding in 1994.

They reformed in 1997 to release further material. In 2002 de Silva was replaced on drums by Peter Kostic, who was replaced in turn by Murray Ruse in 2011. De Silva returned as a guest vocalist in 2014 and permanently rejoined the band in 2016.

During their first 12 years, the group issued 17 consecutive number-one hits on the Australian alternative charts. During that time they became Australia's most commercially successful independent band, with over 250,000 total record sales.

Australian music historian, Ian McFarlane, described their music as "cheap and potent, their appeal selective. Yet never has so much been owed by so many to so few chords... fused punk tempos, hardcore attitude, heavy metal riffs and surf-pop melodies into a seamless ball of energy".

The HardOns returned to NZ last year with 2 exhilirating shows which showed they are still one of the worlds great live bands .

Support in Auckland from Bloodbags, Threat Meet Protocol and Illicit WahWahz.

Equal parts SPUD, Gordons, Dum Dum Boys in their deluded fanboy heads, nonetheless this swampy bruised blues punk has served them well. Two US tours under their belt, which included two spots two years running at the much vaunted Gonerfest four day rock'n'roll binge in Memphis, and a slot on the bill at Third Man Records supporting Dan Kroha (of GORIES fame) anD Kid Congo & His Pink Monkey Birds. A whole heap of guts and gumption, fizz and fuzz, pound and stomp lie in the hands of these cowboys and their battered instruments..

Threat Meet Protocol are an abrasive 3-piece from Tauranga who spearhead the thriving Bay of Plenty Underground Rock nRoll scene and host the legendary Woodcock Festival, while Raglan based Illicit WahWahz have impressed all with their edgy Kyuss v Black Flag sound and are playing to release their new Speed of Dark album release.

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