T. Hardy Morris is set to return on June 23rd with his sophomore solo album. Known primarily as a founding member of both Dead Confederate and the supergroup Diamond Rugs, Morris put together yet another band for this later release and dubbed them The Hardknocks. Together, they’ll release Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin on a Mountaintop via Dangerbird Records.
The follow-up to 2013’s Audition Tapes, the new LP was actually teased last October with the single “Painted on Attitude”. That song signaled a shift in direction from Morris’ quieter debut album, pushing his alt-country twangs into a dusty garage. That snotty, punky attitude was made evident again on recent single “My Me”. Trading his mellow vibes in for something a bit dirtier was a highly conscious move, as the impending birth of his daughter forced Morris to reconcile his rock-and-roll youth with swiftly approaching fatherhood.
“I wanted this record to be a kind of end-of-an-era for me,” Morris relates. “It was a very deliberate thing to record these songs before the birth of my first child. I was in a headspace and I wanted to capture it before I became a dear old dad.”
Perhaps no single so far makes this headspace more clear than “Likes of Me”. The track opens with the buzz of an amp before kicking into the most straight punk number we’ve heard yet from Drownin On a Mountaintop. With stomping and squealing guitars pushing off one another, Morris seems to be wrestling with what he’ll look like to his offspring when he tells them tales of his younger self. “Sit down, it’s story time children/ that’s why I woke you up,” go the opening lyrics. “Maybe I can scare you silly/ Not to do the things I done.” During the chorus, Morris admits that when it comes to liking him, “some do, some don’t,” and through all the snarl, he’s just hoping his daughter will.
See if you do by listening in below.
Pre-order Drownin On a Mountaintop here, and peep the tracklist below. Hardy and The Hardknocks will be supporting the record with a summer tour, and you can see the schedule ahead.
Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin on a Mountain Top Tracklist:
01. Young Assumption
02. My Me
03. Painted on Attitude
04. Likes of Me
05. Quieter (When I Leave Town)
06. Starting Gun
07. Shit in the Wind
08. Cut & Dry
10. Drowin’ on a Mountaintop
11. Just Like the Movies
T. Hardy Morris and The Hardknocks 2015 Tour Dates:
05/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Candler Park Music Festival *
06/23 – Nashville, TN @ Grimey’s In-Store and Listening Event
06/24 – Louisville, KY @ Waterfront Wednesday
06/25 – Nashville, TN @ Stone Fox #
06/27 – Athens, GA @ Athfest
07/17-18 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Fest
07/23 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues ^
07/24 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
07/27 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement $
07/28 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre $
07/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme $
07/31 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (Lollapalooza Aftershow) $
08/06-07 – Appleton WI @ Mile of Music Fest
08/09 – Atlanta GA @ Party in the Park %
* = w/ DBT, Shovels and Rope, J Roddy Walston and the Business
# = w/ Desert Noises
^ = w/ DBT
$ = w/ Delta Spirit
% = w/ Roadkill Ghost Choir