Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus rock Australia

It’s been a while since I checked in on the Hoodoo Gurus

The Gurus 9th studio album, “Purity Of Essence,” has been repackaged and now comes with the 'Must Travel On Wheels' documentary which the band filmed while they were recording and promoting the album. Along with the doc, there’s videos for about a half dozen songs from the disc.

Singer Dave Faulkner posted an update recently:

“We're about to wind-up our 'Purity Of Essence' album tour. It began innocently enough way back in April and since then it's taken us to the, make that THREE corners of the earth: Europe, the U.S. and now back home to sunny Australia.

I think my two favourite shows of the recent overseas tour were in Valencia, Spain (¡Hola!) and San Francisco (at the Great American Music Hall). Most of the shows were great but those two stood out for me. On a personal note, I got to visit some fantastic art galleries and furthered my visual education. I particularly enjoyed discovering the work of the Bay Area neo-figurative artists - David Park, Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff and also getting up close and personal with Eva Hesse's brilliant sculptures.

After we finished that tour in L.A. at the infamous Viper Room (on Sunset Boulevard - one of my favourite movies) we had a few weeks off which I mostly spent in NYC, though I also went out on a road trip for a few days with my good friends (and musical heroes) The Fleshtones.

To cut a long story short I lost, I mean, we're now back home and are two dates in to our final run of shows for the '...Essence'.”

The Gurus are rocking their way through a series of shows in their native Australia, and I came across some excellent video so thought I’d pass it along. Let’s start with one track from the final US show…

Hoodoo Gurus – When You Get To California
The Viper Room – Los Angeles, CA – October 14, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus – Leilani
Sharkies, Cronulla Leagues Club – Woolooware, NSW - November 28, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus – Miss Freelove ‘69
Sharkies, Cronulla Leagues Club – Woolooware, NSW - November 28, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus – My Girl
Unknown location/date