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Hard-Ons

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* Keish De Silva - vocals, drums (1982-2001)
* Peter “Blackie” Black - guitar, vocals
* Ray Ahn - bass guitar
* Pete Kostic - drums (2002 - present)

The Hard-Ons are a band from Sydney, Australia formed in the early 1980s by three students from the Punchbowl Boys High School. The multicultural trio of drummer/vocalist Keish De Silva (of Sri Lankan descent), guitar/vocals Blackie (Yugoslavian heritage) and bassist Ray Ahn (Korean ancestry) were initially too young to play in licensed venues, but honed their skills playing at parties and school dances. After turning 18, the band made its first ‘proper’ live debut in June 1984 at Ultimo’s Vulcan hotel. Quickly gaining a considerable following, the band released its debut EP (Surfin On My Face) the following year.

Subsequent recordings like Smell My Finger, Dickcheese, Love Is A Battlefield Of Wounded Hearts and Yummy! were well-received by fans and set the blueprint for the ‘Hard-Ons sound’: messy pop-punk with metal and psychedelia elements. The band also showed their independent punk spirit: recording, booking and promoting themselves, creating their own artwork, choosing support bands and even managing the merchandise desk whilst on tour. The Hard Ons stayed with a single independent label, Sydney’s Waterfront Records for their early releases. This independent image combined with powerful live performances and a healthy sense of humour earned the band a large following in Europe as well as their native Australia.

1990s: Split and reformation

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