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Hard-Fi: 'Stick from critics got to us'

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Hard-Fi have admitted that they were upset by criticism of their second album.

The band's frontman Richard Archer claimed that the negative reaction to Once Upon A Time In The West in 2008 stemmed from Peter Saville's praise for its 'No Cover Art' sleeve.

Archer told BBC Newsbeat: "We got a lot of stick over the artwork and the main reason for that was that Peter Saville - the best graphic designer in the country - said it was good and that put a lot of people's noses out of joint.

"But that's history now - you let all that stuff get to you a bit because you're tired and you're in it. Everyone gets it."

He added: "The second album, despite all that, I really love it and I think it's great but it was hard.

"We'd just come off really busy touring, lots of personal things had happened and you go straight into making that record - it comes out and it feels a bit like it's open season. You know, let's give Hard-Fi a kicking. It probably isn't really."

Soon after the release of Hard-Fi's last album, Archer accused critics of "essentially slagging off the fans of the band".

Hard-Fi release third album Killer Sounds later this year. It is preceded by single 'Good For Nothing' on June 19, which Archer recently claimed is influenced by Jay-Z's '99 Problems'.

Watch the Hard-Fi 'Good For Nothing' music video below:

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