The Good Call Live Team are coming together in support of Support Act for #ausmusictshirtday … and we are doing it with a little help from our friends!
Today we’re chatting with Ben David from Adelaide’s The Hard Aches. The charismatic duo (sometimes trio) have been around for a while now, touring extensively both locally and overseas and making plenty of mates along the way. If you’ve ever seen The Hard Aches, you know that when Frontman Ben David has the microphone, he’s not so much singing as he is recounting stories – always brutally honest yet upliftingly optimistic – and it’s this kind of intimacy that have earned these indie-punks the reputation of being some of the most humble and down-to-earth guys in Australian music today.
Testament to that, The Hard Aches have just finished up a 5-week national tour with all-round Aussie legends, Grinspoon on their ‘Chemical Hearts’ tour alongside The Gooch Palms and Bugs. We caught the second last night of tour in Brisbane and it was incredible (check out GC LIVE’s review and photos HERE!)
With a new album from The Hard Aches set for release in 2020, there’s sure to be a show coming up near you. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming dates HERE.
Have a read of what Ben had to say about his choice of band shirt and the importance of talking about and supporting mental health in the music industry:
Remember – YOU can help support the cause too by donating to our Official, Support-Act endorsed fundraising effort HERE
Tell us about your Aus Music T-Shirt:
“I chose my Camp Cope shirt. In my opinion, they are one of the most important bands of our time, inspiring a whole new generation of people to be who they want and do what they want, especially young non-males. They also have been a constant driving inspiration for us to do and be better.”
Aus Music T-Shirt Day is a super important initiative in the Australian music industry. Why is it such an important initiative to you?
“AusMusic T-Shirt Day raises money for Support Act, an incredible initiative that provides services to musicians / crew etc. like 24/7 Lifelines, financial support and a whole bunch of other important things to help those in times of need. These services and invaluable and help us all feel supported and like there is help available when a lot of the time you might not feel that way, especially out on the road.“
We know that mental health can slip under the radar in this business. Why is it vital to talk about your mental health?
“Conversations about mental health are important, they help you to not feel alone and help you realise that other people share these same feelings or experiences. Talking about it and realising you’re not alone is the first step towards overcoming these hurdles. Mental health awareness is something very dear to The Hard Aches, being someone who has lived experience with mental health struggles, being able to share my stories and talk about these with a wider audience has played a huge important part in coming to terms with and learning to live with these struggles. There’s always been a “you’ll be right” attitude towards mental health especially when it comes to young men, this is changing and the conversation is becoming much more common, I’m hopeful for a future of the negative stigma around mental health to be completely gone.“
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