Jon Hardy‘s songs are always thought provoking. And they always seem to have some sort of generation-specific inspiration. Yet his sweet melodies and tantalizing lyrics don’t seem to remind you of any other specific artist. And as it is commonly known to some artists: The more you build on an influence, the more original you become. Hardy seemed to reach back to the 90’s pop rock scene to create “A Hard Year”, the title track from his forthcoming Jon Hardy & The Public EP.
After some well deserved love off his last EP, Sugar, Hardy did not seem to crumble under the pressure and simply re-create everything he has already done before. Yes he follows the similar format that has been proven effective, but he manages to create some fresh and beautiful melody driven cut with “A Hard Year”.
And what a finale this song has! You can almost feel Jon’s finger tips blistering into oblivion as he forces multiple guitar chords down our throats until we scream with pleasure! All the while he screams for the mysterious heroine of this tale to “hang on, baby”. You can only hope she is holding on somewhere. It would be shame for him to bleed from his fingers and heart for nothing. Especially after what seems to be a horrible 2010.
Download: “A Hard Year” by Jon Hardy & The Public