“I was made for you, you were made for me,” Tim Rogers declares in the opening cut of the Hard-Ons’ 13th long-player. Yep, four decades after they formed, the much-loved Sydney punks pulled a surprise by adding the You Am I frontman to their ranks.

And it proves to be a perfect fit.

Rogers might be all swagger outside the ring, but when the bell goes, he means business, delivering a potent combination of short, sharp jabs. His love for the band is obvious and infectious – check out Home Sweet Home and the scream at the start of The Laws of Gossip. And while Rogers’ vocal provides some killer hooks, the Hard-Ons have not forsaken their trademark cheekiness and heaviness. The energy is almost exhausting, with a dozen songs in 32 minutes. Hold tight; this is an exhilarating ride.

I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken by The Hard-Ons is out now, including on JB-exclusive yellow vinyl (see above), via Cheersquad.

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