The Hitmen were brash, bombastic and inventive. They were also victims of their status as the first in a long line of Australian underground bands of the late ‘70s/early 80s to cross the battle-lines and take their rock and roll campaign to the suburbs.
The Hitmen peddled a broad mix of metallic pop, flamethrower Detroit rock and re-vamped ‘60s standards, as well as their own wide range of originals. With their roots in the ground breaking Radio Birdman, the Hitmen sought overground success and clearly influenced dozens of bands that followed in their wake.
That their status as one of the Australia’s hardest-working bands never translated to huge record sales probably came down to the fact that the major labels that courted and signed the band had no idea what to do with them. But the thousands of fans whose ears they opened to new sounds did - and voted with their feet by packing venues the length and breadth of Australia.
The Hitmen have left a lasting mark on Australian Rock 'n' Roll. Too rockin’ to be pop, and too hooky for the metal-heads, they similarly confounded record company marketing departments but delighted a generation of gig goers all over Australia. Since then, there have been threatened Hitmen re formations, all to no avail – UNTIL NOW!!!!!!
Hitmen DTK will play The Gov on Saturday 22 July.
Drawing together ONLY members with previous service to the HITMEN, (or bands with only one degree of separation), these five men have truly earned their Rock 'n' Roll commissions:
•Johnny Kannis & Tony Robertson all return as original rock n roll soldiers.
•Tony Jukic on lead guitar is re-called to active service from The Johnny Kannis Explosion.
•Muzz Shepherd, chief Tribesman and brother of original member Brad Shepherd (currently serving in another war), now proud to serve in his stead.
This is NOT a loose collection of reformed musicians!! Rather, a genetically spliced SupaHuman, featuring both original and family DNA.
Don't miss the chance to catch them live this July.
+ The Pro Tools (ex-Exploding White Mice)
The Gov | Sat 22 July
Tickets: $30.50 + Booking Fee
Doors open @ 7:30 pm
Tickets available from www.thegov.com.au | www.oztix.com.au