Hard-fi To Play Glastonbury

by | 19 June 2007

Hard-Fi have been confirmed to play at Glastonbury festival as a surprise last-minute addition to the event line-up.

The Staines band are currently hard at work mixing their new album Once Upon a Time in the West which is due to be released in September.

But it seems the band were persuaded to take a break from the studio to perform the gig in aid of the Love Music Hate Racism movement which the band has supported throughout their career.

Hard-Fi will be on stage at 23:45 BST on the Saturday night and are sure to attract a large crowd to the Leftfield stage.

The band released their debut album Stars of CCTV in 2005 following on from a clutch of hit singles including Cash Machine, Hard to Beat and Tied Up Too Tight.

In 2006 the band headlined Brixton Academy for five nights, equalling the record set by the Clash in 1984.

All of the shows were sold out and coincided with the release of In Operation - a live album and DVD.



19/06/2007 15:05:05


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Sony Music Announce 'BBC Top Gear Driving Anthems' Released November 18th 2013 3942312 Press Releases

Sony Music & BBC Worldwide have announced the release of 'Top Gear Driving Anthems', a triple CD album boasting 50 full throttle tracks of rock and indie anthems straight from the Top Gear playlist, including smash hits from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Foster The People, Coldplay and Beady Eye.

It's what The Stig would listen to if he had good taste in music.

A high calibre of chart topping success stories from this year includes Brit winning Tom Odell and the biggest UK breakthrough act to date, Bastille, along with the best guitar-led tracks from The Maccabees, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream. This album is the perfect soundtrack to every journey, from a midnight blast, to the work commute.

The show, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, is estimated to have around 350 million viewers per week in 214 different territories, along with the official BBC Top Gear and The Stig Facebook profiles boasting a staggering combined 19.5m page likes. As of August 2013, twenty series have been broadcast.

'Top Gear Driving Anthems' is available to order now from Amazon.

Tracklist:

CD1    
1. Bastille - Pompeii
2. Muse - Hysteria
3. Kasabian - Fire
4. Noel Gallagher's - High Flying Birds AKA.What A Life
5. Coldplay - Paradise
6. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
7. Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
8. Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror
9. The Maccabees - Pelican
10. The Vaccines - If You Wanna
11. Beady Eye - Flick of The Finger
12. The Klaxons - Golden Skans
13. MGMT - Electric Feel
14. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
15. ALT -J - Breezeblocks
16. Tom Odell - Another Love
17. Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up

CD2   
1. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
2. Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
3. Supergrass - Alright
4. The Zutons - Valerie
5. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
6. Ash - Burn Baby Burn
7. Razorlight - Somewhere Else
8. Stereophonics - Indian Summer
9. Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
10. Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather - Stop Me
11. Hard Fi - Living For The Weekend
12. Glasvegas - Geraldine
13. James - Sit Down
14. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
15. Embrace - Ashes
16. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
17. Feeder - Just A Day

CD3    
1. The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
2. New Order - True Faith
3. Happy Mondays - Step On
4. Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
5. The Mock Turtles - Can You Dig It?
6. Primal Scream - Rocks
7. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
8. The Jam - Town Called Malice
9. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
10. Death In Vegas - Aisha
11. Don Broco - Whole Truth
12. Post War Years - All Eyes
13. Passion Pit - Take A Walk
14. Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out Words Gone
15. Peace - Follow Baby
16. Miles Kane - Come Closer

Sony Music & BBC Worldwide have announced the release of 'Top Gear Driving Anthems', a triple CD album boasting 50 full throttle tracks of rock and indie anthems straight from the Top Gear playlist, including smash hits from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Foster The People, Coldplay and Beady Eye.

It's what The Stig would listen to if he had good taste in music.

A high calibre of chart topping success stories from this year includes Brit winning Tom Odell and the biggest UK breakthrough act to date, Bastille, along with the best guitar-led tracks from The Maccabees, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and Primal Scream. This album is the perfect soundtrack to every journey, from a midnight blast, to the work commute.

The show, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, is estimated to have around 350 million viewers per week in 214 different territories, along with the official BBC Top Gear and The Stig Facebook profiles boasting a staggering combined 19.5m page likes. As of August 2013, twenty series have been broadcast.

'Top Gear Driving Anthems' is available to order now from Amazon.

Tracklist:

CD1    
1. Bastille - Pompeii
2. Muse - Hysteria
3. Kasabian - Fire
4. Noel Gallagher's - High Flying Birds AKA.What A Life
5. Coldplay - Paradise
6. Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
7. Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
8. Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror
9. The Maccabees - Pelican
10. The Vaccines - If You Wanna
11. Beady Eye - Flick of The Finger
12. The Klaxons - Golden Skans
13. MGMT - Electric Feel
14. Hot Chip - I Feel Better
15. ALT -J - Breezeblocks
16. Tom Odell - Another Love
17. Ben Howard - Keep Your Head Up

CD2   
1. Oasis - Champagne Supernova
2. Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life
3. Supergrass - Alright
4. The Zutons - Valerie
5. Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
6. Ash - Burn Baby Burn
7. Razorlight - Somewhere Else
8. Stereophonics - Indian Summer
9. Editors - Smokers Outside Hospital Doors
10. Mark Ronson Feat. Daniel Merriweather - Stop Me
11. Hard Fi - Living For The Weekend
12. Glasvegas - Geraldine
13. James - Sit Down
14. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
15. Embrace - Ashes
16. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
17. Feeder - Just A Day

CD3    
1. The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
2. New Order - True Faith
3. Happy Mondays - Step On
4. Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
5. The Mock Turtles - Can You Dig It?
6. Primal Scream - Rocks
7. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
8. The Jam - Town Called Malice
9. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
10. Death In Vegas - Aisha
11. Don Broco - Whole Truth
12. Post War Years - All Eyes
13. Passion Pit - Take A Walk
14. Bombay Bicycle Club - Lights Out Words Gone
15. Peace - Follow Baby
16. Miles Kane - Come Closer

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Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds 2049479 Reviews

Look who's back from a four year break in the wilderness! Having released their first two albums in consecutive years, Staines four piece Hard Fi have returned with a new direction and drive in the form of the exuberant Killer Sounds.

It's obvious after one listen of Aint Good for Nothing that Richard Archer and co were not content with feeding us with hard luck stories from the suburbs. Instead the lead single from Killer Sounds is a feel good beat heavy stomper equipped with horn sections and chants to hammer home new found influences.

It was always going to be interesting to see just how Hard Fi would return, following the positive reviews and feed back of Stars of CCTV, the band took a good old fashion kicking in the wake of Once Upon a Time in the West, partly due to the 'No Cover Art' palaver that was always going to ruffle feathers but also because it sounded like a poor rehash of the first album. For a large part of the four years Hard Fi have taken to follow up that album, you had to fear for them in terms of relevance, would people care when they returned? Would that massive fan base that saw them sell out a five night residency at Brixton academy back in 2006 still be loyal to the cause? In such fickle times only time can tell.

In terms of the sound of the album, its closer at times to the poppy overtones of Stars of CCTV rather than their sophomore album, track such as single material Love song tend not to differ too far away from the likes of Living for the Weekend, whereas Sweat harks back to the bands debut for different reasons, instead of similarities in term of sound, it borrows from the albums damming reflection on the modern workplace.

It would be impossible to pin point an exact sound for Killer Sounds, it refuses bluntly to be put into a box, changing with each track from pop to punk to new wave without prior warning. Ive read it described as cartoonish, and that's not a description I could argue with, they say never judge a book by its cover but in this case you can, just like its album artwork (that's right they've returned to that old format) Killer Sounds is a colourful and playful album. The grove heavy sound of the noughties Hard Fi remains, however a few tweaks have taken place in terms of production and writing subjects and inspiration. It doesn't all go to plan though, Sweat is pretty rancid and belongs in the realms of 'bonus track' while Feels Good is a tad generic and dull. Luckily there is a big enough nucleus of strong tracks helping to prop up Killer sounds in the shape of the brooding Fire in the House, Love Song and Killer Sounds.

Hard Fi might never again scale the heights of the Charts with their album releases as they have before and perhaps they won't sell out Brixton for an entire week again, but that's the way it goes once that initial buzz of a new band has worn off. All the same, one things for sure, they're far from irrelevant.

Sam Marland

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Hard-Fi - Good For Nothing 2051715 Reviews

Hard-Fi, remember them? Defiantly one of those bands that disappeared off the face of the earth, it's been four years since the release of their second album and, needless to say it wasn't welcomed with the same enthusiasm as their first record. For lesser bands that would spell the end for them but it looks like the boys from Staines have a bit more about them and are ready to step back out of the shadows and frequent the UK radio waves once again.

Straight off 'Good For Nothing' kicks off with some dodgy intro and instantly there is a worry that this band have gone three steps back...

...but the strange opening bit seems to mould perfectly with the rest of the song and once the guitar riffs kick in accompanied by Richard Archer's vocals there is a sensation that the band who provided one of the main soundtrack's in 2005 is back. The refreshing thing about this single is it's clear the boys have decided not to cover well-trodden grounds, instead electing to try something new. It's as if they went back to their first record and thought "how can we produce something with the same sound as this but better". Hard Fi are back and let's hope like Ronseal, the album does exactly what it says on the tin. That being that it is full of 'Killer Sounds'.

8/10

Mark Moore

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Hard-Fi - Can't Get Along (Without You) 2050235 Reviews

Hard-Fi
Can't Get Along (Without You)
Single Review

Staines' favourite songs must be pretty satisfied with life at the moment; their critically acclaimed second album, "Once Upon A Time In The West", rocketed to the summit of the chart and it was coupled by the announcement of their biggest tour to date. This release if the follow up to the Top Ten hit "Suburban Knights".

Going someway to shedding their image as one trick chav-rockers, "Can't Get Along (Without You)" is an addictive, swaggering R'n'B flavoured track that tells the tail of coming off the rails. Take blasts of guitar, graceful strings and a smattering of bells and brass and the result is a triumphant number that should have arena crowds swaying with delight. The radio edit makes a slight censorship on Richard Archer's dirty mouth, but without making enough difference to spoil what is a highlight in their catalogue of anthems.

Alex Lai

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Having shot to Number 1 with 'Once Upon A Time In The West' - one of the definitive albums of the year - and dominated airwaves this summer, Hard-Fi return on November 12th 2007 with the blazing new single 'Can't Get Along (Without You)'. The second song to be taken from their critically acclaimed 12-track LP, it's a rousing modern classic that grips from the very first listen.

The video is directed by Jeremie Rozan & Martial Schmeltz, whose previous credits include: Do Me Bad Things and Justice Vs. Simian, for which they won MTV's Best Video Award.

Fresh from sold-out intimate club gigs, Hard-Fi recently announced an 11-date UK arena tour for December. The details are:

December
4th GLASGOW, Barrowlands
5th GLASGOW, Barrowlands
6th LIVERPOOL, Aintree Pavillion
8th SWINDON, Oasis
10th BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
12th BOURNEMOUTH, BIC
13th NOTTINGHAM, Arena
14th BIRMINGHAM, Academy
15th BIRMINGHAM, Academy
17th MANCHESTER, Central
18th LONDON, Wembley Arena


Hard-Fi are Richard Archer (vocals), Ross Phillips (guitar), Kai Stephens (bass) and Steven Kemp (drums).

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Hard-Fi - Once Upon A Time In The West 2047146 Reviews

Hard-Fi
Once Upon A Time In The West
Album Review

Recorded in an old taxi cabin that cost £300 to rent, Hard-Fi's debut album went on to sell nearly a million copies, picking up Mercury and Brit nominations along the way. The quartet returned to their hometown of Staines to record this, their second album, which they will be promoting with an imminent tour. The 11 tracks were written by frontman Richard Archer, who also took up co-production duties.

Latest single "Suburban Knights" opens the record in typical Hard-Fi anthem style, its backing vocals frightfully infectious making the track a fantastic way to open a record. It's something of a false indication of what is to come though, as there is much more variation to be found here than on "Stars Of CCTV". The dynamic acoustic guitar bursts of "I Shall Overcome" could form a Justin Timberlake offering, but it takes on a much darker tone than you might expect. No longer writing about working class city life, Archer has become more introspective, no more so than on "Help Me Please", a fragile song similar to some of Oasis' older B-sides, which deals with the loss of his mother. Even the joyous swagger that is "Can't Get Along" is about realising that you need someone, while the simplistic and catchy "We Need Love" comments on getting rid of social friction. Having previously merged dub and rock successfully, elements of ska are now incorporated in the shape of "Little Angel", while R'n'B rhythms flow through "The King".

Standing out from the pack is "Tonight", a patient piano-led ballad with a hint of soul and another set of backing vocals that fans will latch onto with ease. Grand and expansive, it is an indication that there may be much more to the Staines boys than they are generally credited for. Going back tow hat they do best, "Television" is a rant against the power of corporate media and those who seek fame. The "Hallelujah" chant of the chorus is another that will go down well at live shows, as the track bounces along at a decent pace. Unfortunately it is followed by the two worst songs on the album, the monotonous "Watch Me Fall Apart" and the tragic "I Close My Eyes". Built on the psychedelic cranked up bass of Kai Stephens, it is musically decent but the shouted vocal delivery from Archer is hugely misplaced and tempts the use of the skip button. It is always admirable to see a band try new ideas and in this case the results are mixed. Perhaps an album title of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" may have been more appropriate.

Alex Lai

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Hard-Fi - Suburban Knights 2051380 Reviews

Hard-Fi
Suburban Knights
Single Review

Having recently completed a low-key tour of intimate venues, Richard Archer and his merry men are now preparing for the release of their second album, 'Once Upon A Time In The West', on September 3. The vocalist recently revealed that a new string of live shows will be announced soon to coincide.

The Staines quartet's comeback single has actually been a part of their live set for some time and features an insanely catchy chorus of 'hey/woah' backing vocals. In keeping with what the band does best, it stomps along with attitude and some nifty guitar lines, though given the group's success it is hard to believe Archer singing about the pressures of bills that 'keep dropping through my door'. Nevertheless, their fans will no doubt adore it and it may even find them some new followers.

Alex Lai

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Hard-Fi - The Roadhouse, Manchester 2053308 Reviews

Hard-Fi
The Roadhouse, Manchester
Live Review

When Staines' second most famous residents (Ali G obviously being the first) announced that they were to tour intimate venues, they made no exaggeration. With a capacity of around a couple of hundred, it is the complete opposite of the gig across town where another 2005 breakthrough act, Arctic Monkeys, are entertaining 50,000. The latest date on a whistle-stop tour, the band are testing material from their second record, "Once Upon A Time In The West", due for release September 3.

Cramming onto the tiny stage to many a cheer, the band open up with imminent release "Suburban Knights", which has already become a live favourite due to the "woah-oh" backing vocals of the chorus. Of the other new material performed, "Television" is instantly infectious and a strong contender for a future single, while "I Shall Overcome" also hooks the ear. "We Need Love" isn't quite as addictive, but does provide the opportunity for a sing-a-long at the prompting of frontman Richard Archer, while "Can't Get Along" is forgettable. A rather mixed bag, they don't stray far from what the sound expected of Hard-Fi and should find favour amongst their current fans.

While the unknown songs are greeted warmly, it is of course the old material that whips up the energy of the tightly packed audience. "Gotta Reason" is the first familiar tune to get fists pumping and "Tied Up Too Tight" also raises the temperature, but it is the concluding quartet of tracks that bring the house down. "Cash Machine" and "Hard To Beat" send the crowd ecstatic, while "Stars Of CCTV" provides a brief rest bite and gets every pair of hands clapping. Ending with an extended "Living For The Weekend", Archer mounts the speaker stack doubling as a security barrier and allows various members of the front row to join in with vocals. It caps an intense and enjoyable hour-long set with the band seeming to enjoy themselves as much as those watching them.

Alex Lai

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Hard-Fi - Suburban Knights 2074315 Videos 25th July 2007

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Suburban Knights
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Hard-Fi are approaching a dramatic new apex in their career. They follow their blazing, Number 1 debut 'Stars of CCTV' with the eagerly anticipated 'Once Upon A Time In The West', September 3rd. In short, Hard-Fi are the sound of now.

Written by frontman Richard Archer and co-produced by Richard with Wolsey White, it's a landmark LP of scopic, wide-eyed, unrepressed tracks. Mixed by Spike Stent (U2, Bjork & Madonna), it's their second studio album and their most cohesive, definitive release to date. Boasting 12 killer anthems, including the blistering new single 'Suburban Knights', August 20th, it's truly hard to beat.

Born from the kitchen sink fatalism of Staines in 2002, Hard-Fi - Richard Archer (vocals), Ross Phillips (guitar), Kai Stephens (bass) and Steven Kemp (drums) - have emerged from suburbia triumphant. After recording their dazzling debut in the ultimate brokedown palace - a dilapidated taxi rank that cost £300 in rent - it matured into a DIY triumph that propelled them into the A-list. Selling nearly 1 million UK copies and soaring to Number 1, it spurned the radio mainstay hit singles: 'Cash Machine', 'Hard To Beat' & 'Living For The Weekend'.

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Hard-Fi, Remixed, Audio Streams 2072100 Videos 8th June 2006

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Hard-Fi are the product of their suburban West London environment; the sound of twenty-something gun-slingers on the minimum wage.

It's the sound of a band weaned on the heady concrete glamour of The Stones, Dexys, Curtis Mayfield, and Happy Mondays. In love and in debt - the raw materials required to soundtrack a life of box-fresh Adidas, Berwick Street vinyl, and the black economy.

Hard-Fi recently released a DVD called 'In Operation'. It also features a CD of remixed tracks from their debut album 'Stars Of CCTV'. Listen to remixes of Minotaur Shock & hit single 'Hard To Beat'.

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