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Nov 18th, 2010 • Category: Austin Music Minute

Hard Proof CD Release Show Friday Night at The Ghost Room
Austin Afrobeat ensemble Hard Proof has a big local following for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is immediately apparent when you walk into one of their gigs. Get ready to move - the crowd is there to get down.

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Nov 19th, 2010 • MUSIC
Texas Platters By Thomas Fawcett

Hard Proof
The task of any Afrobeat ensemble is to first prove that they're well-versed in the classics and then bring something new to the conversation. Austin ninepiece Hard Proof Afrobeat does exactly that on a stirring self-titled debut that kick-starts with 30 seconds of hard funk fury and closes with a mournful jazz melody over sparse percussion that only loosely operates within the framework of Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

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Nov 19th, 2010 • Category: Featured Story, Sound Reviews
By Marc Perlman

Hard Proof - Hard Proof
That Hard Proof – formerly and/or still alternately known as Hardproof Afrobeat – exists, much less released an album, is simply amazing. Consider it: in Austin, most bands with just three or four members probably average single digit gigs for the duration of their careers (if you will). Schedules, lives, outside interests, personal and musical differences — all common and valid reasons for promising bands to splinter. So, what were the odds of a band of nine (credited!) musicians sticking around long enough to record an album of fifteen original funky afrobeat tunes? These guys play in bands as wide ranging as The Calm Blue Sea, the Bruce James Soultet and 100 Flowers and as well traveled as Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, yet they somehow found time for Hard Proof. Beyond amazing.

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"The average band fronted by a jazz studies major has only a fighting chance of being half as good as this Fela Kuti-influenced but genre-busting supergroup of strong performers . . . Hard Proof excels in putting on high-energy, dancey shows that betray a careful ear toward a diverse subset of musical styles and approaches." - The Onion A.V. Club, 9/1/2011