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POWER POP SAGES: The veteran Hoodoo Gurus are on tour support a new album. They play April 29.
Saturday April 29, 2023 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $34-$38
CL Critic Hal Horowtiz Recommends: Postponed a few times due to COVID, it’s the long awaited return of this veteran, much admired, platinum selling power Australian pop quartet. Better still, they’re supporting 2022’s surprisingly powerful Chariot of the Gods, the first album of frontman/founder Dave Faulkner’s originals since 2010. Any act that has persevered since 1982, albeit with a few breaks and personnel changes, has got something going on. The Gurus’ punchy rocking hasn’t aged from when they were college radio favorites so welcome ‘em back for this rare Atlanta date. - HH

From the venue:

Formed in Sydney in 1981, the band were led by singer/songwriter Dave Faulkner, along with drummer James Baker. Ex-Scientist Rod Radalj and Kimble Rendall rounded out the group’s lineup and their unique sound (three guitars, no bass). With Faulkner’s infectious songs they quickly earned a record deal. After the 1982 debut single “Leilani,”? both Radalj and Rendall quit, replaced by guitarist Brad Shepherd and bassist Clyde Bramley. In 1983, the Hoodoo Gurus recorded their excellent debut record, Stoneage Romeos. Mark Kingsmill replaced Baker in 1985 but along came 1985’s college radio smash Mars Needs Guitars! With 1987’s Blow Your Cool, the Hoodoos appeared poised for the big time; their tourmates, the Bangles, even contributed to the singles “What’s My Scene”? and “Good Times”?. In this time Bramley exited, replaced by onetime Divinyl Rick Grossman. Released in 1989, Magnum Cum Louder provided the singles “Come Anytime,”? and “Another World”?. 1991’s Kinky featured “Miss Freelove ‘69,”? alongside enduring fave “1000 Miles Away”?. After a three-year hiatus, the Hoodoo Gurus returned with the harder-edged Crank. Blue Cave followed in 1996. In 1998, the Gurus announced they were splitting up but two years later, Dave Faulkner, Brad Shepherd, and Mark Kingsmill were working together again as members of the garage-influenced the Persian Rugs. In 2004 the band reunited, releasing a new album, Mach Schau. In 2009 the band issued their ninth album, 2010’s Purity of Essence.
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