Clearly You Didn't Like the Show

by Peter Black Solo

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The world-renown rampaging lead-guitarist, vocalist and song-writer from Australian underground legends The Hard-ons introduces album number four. A staggering achievement especially considering the breakneck speed with which Peter Black has spawned his opuses.

An electric and mythical performer whose sweaty no holds-barred bare-chested pillage through any live set always left any audience stunned goes over the intimate edge:

weaving in and out of often cryptic stories, haunting, intensely personal signatures of grand proportions, hand-crafted by a shirtless taxi driver (ahem, Phillip Glass drove cabs too), all the while holding music industry orthodoxies in contempt, AND without a cumbersome drummer nor bass player in proximity.

Since the initial purge of solo ideas that was debut album “Break Bread With the Mono-Brows”, the improvement in Peter Black’s vocal ability has been exemplary. Furthermore, a deliberately measured and minimalist approach instrumentally goes to highlight the brilliant song-craft, which has always been in evidence with Peter Black’s electric amplified combos. On “Clearly You Didn’t Like The Show” it is his songwriting that has been hoisted upon a well-deserved and well-achieved pedestal. A great song is a great song, peel away the layers and see.

Witness: Live favourite “Just For A Second”. A power-pop tune with trademark Peter Black insistence and hook, “Just For A Second”, with meaty acoustic barre chords backing a superb melody that, dare one say it, could have been written for the Hard-ons. Then again, it could have been written for Alex Chilton. A great song is a great song.

An ingredient in Hard-ons’ recorded output that is not really detectable is pathos. On “Clearly You Didn’t Like The Show” welcome pathos pervades the album delightfully. Witness: “History Jack”, a track about his father. Achingly personal and reflective, it is a gossamer delicate ode to a part of Peter Black’s life that is not on public display. Unexpected perhaps, but unsurprising; left-hand turns have been the order of the day since Peter Black began his long career as a composer.

“Clearly You Didn’t like The Show” is stockpiled with such fine moments. Clearly a backward step artistically is out of the question for Peter Black. Clearly, Peter Black has well and truly arrived as a composer and a solo performer.

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released August 28, 2015

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Peter Black Solo Sydney, Australia

Peter ‘Blackie’ Black has been playing music with Hard Ons since the age of 13 and also creates music with the largely ignored but brilliant Nunchukka Superfly.

This is his solo material.Peter Black Solo

Gentle Psych pop, sometimes accoustic with strings and tinny bit of piano.
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