You Am I & Hoodoo Gurus
August 31, 2017
If you paid an iota of attention over the last couple of years, it would not have gone unnoticed that when it comes to artists on terra australis, Tex Perkins and his various incarnations are held in high esteem by yours truly.
There are not many unikums like him but Tim Rogers, frontman of You Am I, is a somewhat more flamboyant equivalent.
Having taking a page of two from The Kinks’ Ray Davies in terms of observing everyday occurrences and channeling them through his idiosyncratic reflective and nostalgic lens, You Am I has created a solid back catalogue of audacious and incisive rock’n roll albums that somehow managed to be appealing to both the Australian mainstream and the underground. Credibility is the keyword.
Being the charismatic rock’n roll existentialist he is, Rogers lead his comrades through a loose yet sonically tight and powerful set, embodying and paying homage to the spirit of the cooler parts of the 1970ies without getting caught in retro trappings – dirty glamour paired with a humble attitude on a solid foundation of punk.
A 50-minute tour de force paved with their hits and peppered with a Deep Purple and Cheap Trick cover.
Compared to You Am I, the Hoodoo Gurus are the more refined and polished elder statesmen of Aussie rock. Decked out in their trademark psychedelic shirts, Dave Faulkner and gang mixed hits with b-sides and lesser known gems, executing their set with precision and prompting sing-a-longs galore.
What makes the Hoodoo Gurus remarkable in 2017, and always has, is that each and every one of their offerings sounds fresh and timeless, which speaks volumes about the craftsmanship that informs their songwriting.
A great evening with two iconic Australian bands that complemented each other perfectly and culminated with all protagonists sharing the stage to celebrate Sweet’s Ballroom Blitz.
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