FESTIVALS are all well and good, but for Dave Faulkner, the real fun lies in the Hoodoo Gurus’ roots.
The Sydney band have linked up with You Am I for a joint tour of regional areas in July and August, stopping in Albury on Friday night.
Faulkner said getting back into pubs and smaller venues was a welcome change of pace.
“It’s been too long since we went on a regional tour, and it’s also good to be playing pubs,” he said.
“It’s something we haven;t done for ages, we’ve almost exclusively been doing festival shows for a few years.
“It’s a good chance for us to get down and dirty, we get to play a bit longer this way as well.
“At festivals you end up getting squeezed for time, now we can play a few songs we usually don’t get time for.
“Between the two shows we played last weekend, we would played had at least eight different songs.”
Re-connecting with longtime friends in Tim Rogers and You Am I was also a welcome treat for Faulkner.
The two bands first toured together in 1992, shortly after You Am I had recorded their third Ep Can’t Get Started.
“They’re a great rock and roll band, we both play with a bit of grit and sweat,” Faulkner said.
“We kind of want to take them on a bit – we don’t want them overpowering us.
“Us and You Am I are old mates, but we don’t really get to see each other unless we’re on the same bill.
“We went through a bit of a situation last weekend where we really had to push it to the limit to even get to the show, I think it showed that all of us really want these shows to happen.
“A bit of drama probably gave us an adrenaline rush and bonded us a bit.
“We made it by the skin of our teeth, and the show went well.
“I did see one You Am I fan leave before our set though – his loss.”
It seems the friendly rivalry between the two iconic Australian groups is set to continue for a few more years yet.