Review: The Veteran Hoodoo Gurus Still Deliver A Sugar Rush, Power Pop, High


Hoodoo Gurus
Chariots of the Gods
(Giant Time Document Co./EMI)
4 out of five stars

Affordable Trick enthusiasts know the sensation. It’s that sugar-high adrenaline rush when persistent pop connects with the pressure of a musical earthquake. The drums pound, the guitars crunch, the melodies snap and crackle…it’s a complete frame and thoughts enjoy.

However whilst Trick has on occasion veered off route into what many believe slick, overproduced shadows of themselves right through their profession, Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus stored the fist-pumping religion. Frontman/singer/songwriter Dave Faulkner and shotgun driving guitarist Brad Shepherd have cranked out excellent, tight, melodic, stomping rocking since Stoneage Romeos (1984), a revved-up debut that hasn’t misplaced an oz. of its depth over the many years.

Calling this the fortieth anniversary, because the promotional notes do, is a little deceptive although. Whilst they’ll have shaped in 1981, few outdoor in their house continent knew they existed ahead of their first album. After which there was once that eight-year hole after the Gurus disbanded in 1998 handiest to reconvene in complete bluster for Mach Schau in 2004. Chariots of the Gods is the band’s first studio set since 2010, a decade-plus lengthy absence which additionally doesn’t have compatibility well into the fortieth define.

Nonetheless, the quartet stays steadfast to their power-pop ideas of 2 guitars, bass and drums pummeling 13 (16 at the deluxe double vinyl) bangers that will have been recorded anytime all over the previous 4 many years. Faulkner’s voice stays robust and unique, the manufacturing is crisp and crunchy, and the songs are so sturdy you’ll be making a song their choruses after a unmarried spin. That’s the important thing not to simply the Hoodoo Gurus’ musical aesthetic however to Faulkner’s unerring talent to seek out the candy spot between rugged, uncooked, and catchy hooks.

You’ll pay attention occasional references to different acts; The Turtles with the baa-baa-baas sprinkled right through “Equinox,” the previous Who within the muscular chords of “Elevate On” or even early Elvis Costello with using “Pump It Up” percussion thudding beneath the pounding “International of Ache.” Glance intently on the writing credit for “Were given to Get You Out of My Lifestyles” (some of the additional tracks) to know it’s no longer an difficult to understand Lou Reed/Velvet Underground song. Thumping drums convey a storage psychedelic edge to the identify monitor, reputedly about an alien invasion from house.

Faulkner pens all however two tunes; the rollicking romp via The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Guy” and a using swampy blues tackle Dylan’s “Clearly 5 Believers,” each turbocharged and sound like Gurus’ originals.

Those that could have ignored the Hoodoo Gurus can meet up with this access and paintings themselves again via a catalog that has no susceptible hyperlinks. They’re nonetheless right here and as they proclaim in “Elevate On,” the disc’s preliminary unmarried and maximum pop-worthy second mentioning We don’t shirk, we don’t shout, and we get the trade accomplished. In the event that they don’t pay attention we can nonetheless elevate on.

Spoken just like the lifers they’re.