“An innovative and energetic power trio who remain true to the spirit of the blues” Blues Revue (US),Oct ‘12
“They’re magnificent! … a joyous rumblethump beat, raw and syncopated and doused in the cranky old methods of Clarksdale and Chicago.” Stuart Bailie (BBC Radio Ulster April 2013)
“A hard working innovative band steeped in the blues/rock tradition” Sunday World (NI), July 8th 2012
“Dirty Blues from Belfast”...Formed in late 2009, the band’s intense live sets live up to their name, comprised mostly of raunchy, exciting and provocative original songs, ranging from down-home washboard/ resonator/double bass workouts, to a heady blend of twangy electric blues and roadhouse style rock, complimented by honest arrangements of cuts by trailblazers.
The band has performed at a stellar list of music & arts festivals all over Ireland, opened for US artists Bob Log III and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, shared billing with Californian Band, The Old Tire Swingers and were amongst a small number of artists chosen to take part in the successful “Backin’ Belfast” initiative, A recent Belfast gig prompted the legendary Terri Hooley to describe the band as “My kind of fecking band”.
The HardChargers released the six track “Bumpin’ and Grindin’” EP in autumn 2011 garnering radio play and critical acclaim of the EP, in the US and UK respectively:
Incognito Music Magazine, (Nov. 2012) “The sound of this band might be described as low-down, but it’s also
pretty clean. The three guys in this band sure know what they’re doing with their instruments.”
Blues Matters! Issues 65/68 (2012) “High-octane”…“Suitably manic and certainly one to clear the cobwebs”, describing the original songs as “worthy comparators to the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters covers” , and a live performance as having an “Intensity of punk proportions”
The “Fine and Filthy c/w Just Somebody’s Friend” double-A side single was released May 4th 2013; with another double-A side “Spanner in your Works c/w JoJo” Released July 4th 2013.
Chord Blossom online magazine reviewed both singles, saying of “Fine and Filthy c/w Just Somebody’s
Friend”: “The HardChargers are the genuine article, ‘Fine and Filthy’ does not hang about; coming in on the back
of a delicious freight-train, almost Rock-a-Billy beat relentless throughout. The riff is simplicity itself backed up by
insistent bass and providing the perfect backdrop for Todd’s deliciously irreverent tale of the perfect woman ……
And of “Spanner in your Works c/w JoJo” : “….Three (very) white dudes from Belfast playing genuine Blues
music with some aplomb…virtually explodes out of your speakers…batters along with no let-up thanks to the tight
rhythm section; it’s short and to the point. ‘Jojo’ features slide guitar and, if anything, is even more irreverent and
sleazy than ‘Spanner…’
The newest release "Little Too Late c/w No Stone Unturned" promises to be equally exciting with some new rhythmic ideas and trance inducing riffs which promise to get you hooked and keep you there!