The Hoosiers have announced two very special shows in Newcastle (O2 Academy) and London (O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire) for March 2020, going back to where it all began. They promise all the hit(s), perhaps even one or two cover versions, and maybe something new. The band will be celebrating their Greatest Hit(s) album, release summer 2019, for which they re-recorded hits ‘Goodbye Mr. A’, ‘Worried About Ray’, ‘Cops & Robbers’ and ‘Choices’ with their live band to bring the songs into line with their blistering and frenetic live shows.
The multi-platinum success of The Hoosiers 2007 debut album, The Trick to Life, and singles such as ‘Worried About Ray’ and ‘Goodbye Mr. A’, raised huge expectations for its follow-up, not least at The Hoosiers’ record label. The prophetically titled The Illusion of Safety was, all the band agree, a troubled project from the start. Irwin suggests, “The word ‘hit’ is substituted for ‘good’. There’s an art to writing under those conditions, but it wasn’t one that worked for us. It exacts a toll on too many writers. You give up too much if you do that.”
The News From Nowhere, released in 2014, was an astonishing return to form. “Doing it on our own terms,” says Irwin, “and actually having a proper say in it, felt wonderful. We had nothing to lose, but a lot to prove.”
Shattering their previous run of an album every three to four years, 2015’s The Secret Service – only a year after their third album – revealed a band hitting their stride through a purple patch; improving as they discovered they have more to say than ever.
Tension, creativity, democracy, arguments, time apart, coming back together, and then songs. Lots of them. Gone is the self-consciousness of the dog days around their second album; gone, too, the self-doubt. In their place is a deeply rooted – and hard-won – confidence, and a determination to lock back into the freedom and joy of the early days.
If you missed the 2017 10-year celebration 28-date UK tour of their debut album’s complete live performance, here’s your chance to see the boys back on form and hear the songs you want them to play!
These shows at O2 Academy Newcastle and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire are sure to remind everybody of the pure joy and fun that is The Hoosiers