Though regularly heard over the years, calls for HARD-FI's return became particularly vocal during the 2020 lockdown after Richard Archer staged a solo, livestream show for charity from his home, performing the group's acclaimed debut album, Stars Of CCTV in full.
Having made their debut with the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Stars Of CCTV in 2005, the four-piece proved progressive yet accessible, as with its tales of high street life, club- driven weekends and keeping your head above water on the breadline, the album yielded five Top 40 singles.
Stars Of CCTV itself reached No.1 and has since gone double platinum in the UK alone. Second studio LP, Once Upon A Time In The West, also topped the charts, while its lead single Suburban Knights became a Top 10 hit and a firm life favourite at festivals around the globe.
Having played one of the longest residencies at O2 Academy Brixton (a feat they share with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Clash and The XX) after the band performed at the landmark London venue for five nights straight in 2006, HARD-FI’s shows have been consistently praised by critics and gig-goers alike for living up to good times invoked by their anthemic single, Living For The Weekend.encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share" allowfullscreen>