Hardy & The Hardknocks are diving deep into southern grunge, and their Drownin on a Mountaintop is right up there with my favorite albums of 2015. I wrote more about the sound in a review of the band’s set at Grant’s Lounge at Bragg Jam.
There’s still plenty of rage and friction and despair and willful disobedience in T. Hardy’s loud, distorted laments and singalong songs, but these days, and with this particular band, there’s a whole lot more melancholy on display, as well as a recognizable amount of (relatively) straightforward Americana-tinged hopefulness.
It’s a bit like somebody opened up the drapes in a room painted entirely black. It’s still a black room, but it’s a little bit brighter shade of black. You know what I mean?
Here’s the video for “My Me”:
Breakers has played only a handful of shows — maybe three? — and I’ve been lucky enough to be at two of them. There have only been a couple of other times in recent years when I’ve seen a new band and thought immediately that they could blow up big.
Here’s a live take of “Tasha” recorded at Dollhouse Productions:
I caught only a little of SUSTO at Bragg Jam in Macon this year, not enough to get a fair dose of the band, but friends at the festival couldn’t stop raving about an afternoon solo set by Justin Osborne. So I’m excited to see him, and I hope to see the full band at Savannah Stopover 2016. Check out this great tune — I mean, really great:
And why not a few photos?
Here’s T. Hardy Morris at Bragg Jam 2015, Revival Fest 2014, and Shaky Knees 2015 (with Diamond Rugs):
And Breakers at Dollhouse and Hang Fire: