acoustic blackie

The man always known as Peter Black - but perhaps best known as Blackie from the Hard-Ons - is releasing his sixth and seventh solo albums on November 27.

"If This Is The Hand I'm Dealt" and "I'm Gonna Cheat As Much As I Can" are acoustic and electric efforts respectively, and both were recorded with Jay Whalley of Frenzal Rhomb and Neptune Power Federation. Whalley also contributes some keyboards and vocals  and his partner in Neptune Power Federation, Lauren Friedman, contributes vocals. Musical pals like Heather Shannon from the Jezebels,  fellow Hard-On Ray Ahn and former Nunchukka Superfly drummer Joel Ellis also help out.

The acoustic one utilises strings and is said to feature some outrageous vocal arrangements and harmonies - Blackie perhaps thinks he’s all three Wilson brothers and their cousin all in one - and the electric one, while a bit louder, is similarly textured and just as pretty.

They will also come with a ringing endorsement from Steve McDonald (Red Kross/Off!/The Melvins) who says: "Both discs offer a melodic salve for our weary times, while delivering with enough trademark bite to make it clear there's plenty of fight left in the belly.  Blackie thank you for making these records, we need them right now!"

The albums are being released in digital and physical formats via the Cool Bananas label.