Your Choice Live Series

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Recorded in the early '90s at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, Holland, Hard-Ons' addition to the Your Choice series focuses more on the band's later, post-Yummy output, including a number of tracks from the metallic Too Far Gone album. That said, there is still a judicious sampling of material from the early days. Perhaps not the finest selections, and perhaps not the finest recording, but it definitely showcases the raucous, energetic live set the band is capable of. Hard-Ons have always been a dirtier, meaner-sounding band -- at times -- than their contemporaries in the pop-punk arena, what with Blackie's hard-assed riffing and the band's rock-solid chemistry. This album is an excellent testimony to that: a band who, while remaining dead-set on the focus of their tunes, still finds time to enjoy what they are doing. The most interesting part of listening to the band live is drummer Keish's attempt to sing and drum at the same time. Not an easy task, and though his studio vocals are much better, he still pulls it off live behind the kit. Along with the Melvins and Wool, one of the better albums in the Your Choice series.