By Natalie Greener
GOODBYE MR A! Now we all know this banger from 2007. The Hoosiers are back and brought one hell of a live show to our front door. Bodega was full of old and new fans on Friday. If you were dragged there by your parents or going just for the classics, the night was a gooden. Unfortunately, I was one of those who only knew three songs on the set list but I did not let that bring me down. Such a broad range of people sold out the small capacity venue. It made me think – why on earth is such an iconic band playing such a small venue? They could’ve easily sold out Rescue Rooms and potentially Rock City. But rumours of the bands history at the venue suggested it was a ten year throwback to bring the guys back into motion.
Joseph Knight kicked off the throwback with an intimate acoustic set. My personal recommendation of the young musician is Nervous – a track that many can relate to. Although, this wasnt the only support for The Hoosiers. There was karaoke. Yes, you heard me right. No joke – a jovial member of the tour team invited two lucky fans (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) onto the stage. Now, this seemed odd at first but now I kind of want every gig to start off in this quirky way. Crowds of people singing along to Naive by The Kooks really was the cherry on top of the cake.
After changeover, it was finally time for The Hoosiers to take to the stage. Their last album, The Secret Service, hit the pop charts in 2015. Truthfully, I had no clue the indie rock band from the 2000s were still producing music. But Ill tell you what – it was one hell of a pleasant surprise. A distinct look in a vivid red suit, Irwin Sparkes on lead vocals and guitar, really took control of the stage – the iconic sound suited the bands image perfectly. Crowds reached full euphoria when the first few beats of Worried About Ray filled the social club. This tune is a track people have an innate knowledge of. My photographer played it to me an hour before the gig and I instantly sang along. I had no clue that the lyrics were embedded into my brain and was totally oblivious to the fact that, in a few hours from then, Id be seeing the band who produced it. Damn. Its ridiculous at how music from our younger days stays with us yet we cant remember what we wanted from the off licence.
Images by Erin Heffron