Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I set for Albury SS&A show

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.

THE LOWDOWN

Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I, Friday July 14, SS&A Club, Albury