The Hoosiers have had an odd time as a band, but allow me to sum up their career if you haven’t heard of them since their number 1 album “The Trick to Life”. I say ‘allow me’ loosely – their album titles do all the work. They had the “Illusion of Safety” with their second album, and later left Sony after a disagreement with the albums release. Then, their third album last year came, literally called “News From Nowhere”, which it was to many.
Now they’re back once more, with a hungry desire. They start with a new song followed by an old song, which is a pattern for the night at Patterns. The obvious choices of “Cops and Robbers” and “Worried About Ray” went down tremendously well along with material off the second album, such as “Choices”. The band have a knack for quirkily talking to the crowd in delightful spells, who loved the dialogue they often opened up. The crowd were just about as rowdy as Hoosiers fans can get, I imagine.
Having lost their longtime member and bassist Martin Skarendah in July, their sound had all the potential to be thin. But no, they had recruited a new member, perhaps just a session musician for the tour. The guitar was more prominent and nearly-fragile than anything I’ve heard on their records, and the drums provided a thud for every twang the guitars made. They are not, evidently for those in the room, a fake or flat band. The Hoosiers have one hand gripped on pop music and the other on the axe of a guitar.
The biggest and probably best track was saved for last, “Goodbye Mr A”, a killer pop anthem that they have every right to hold on to. The truth is, their first album material is superior but also heavily improved live with more kick and louder edge to both the guitar and overall energy delivered in the performance. The heavy breakdown at the end was received well by fans, as the Hoosiers said their thanks and went off into the night.
I for one hope they return, and that this isn’t the last goodbye.