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Hart shows he’s still got it

Grant Hart in action at The Brisbane Hotel.ANY of the 60 or so people at The Brisbane Hotel in Hobart last Thursday night should consider themselves lucky.
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The venue has an incredible knack of attracting influential punk and alternative artists; and none more influential than Grant Hart – part founder of iconic 1980s post-hardcore outfit Husker Du.

Now, for those who don’t know, Husker Du existed for nine years, breaking up in 1988 after releasing six ridiculously good albums.

These albums eventually inspired massive acts Nirvana, Green Day, Foo Fighters, the Pixies, and an endless list of other punk and alternative bands.

A bitter split between frontman Bob Mould and Hart saw both pursue solo careers.

While Mould achieved huge success with rock group Sugar and a slew of solo releases, Hart’s career was more obscure with just two releases with band Nova Mob and four solo albums over 24 years.

Symptomatic of his career, Hart took to the stage at the Bris with little fanfare.

But his performance was mesmerising, achieved only by himself and an electric guitar – no backing band, no effects, no lights.

Hart opened with California Zephyr, a song requested by a fan who had asked for it to be played before the show.

Hart took a few more requests earlier in the set before he hit his prepared set list.

Songs were rolled out from across his entire catalogue – from Husker Du days (Pink Turns To Blue), Nova Mob days (Over My Head, Last Days Of Pompeii) and his solo work up until his ambitious 2013 album The Argument.

Over My Head was another request from the floor.

Hart having not played the song for years struggled to start, but promised to return to it later.

“This is the problem with old brains,” the 54-year-old admitted.

“This is not a failure but a postponement.”

The song was played 20 minutes later and turned out to be one of the highlights of the show, along with one of his most well-known songs, and closer, Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely.

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