If you had access to the radio, freeview television music channels, Limewire or even FIFA 08 in the indie-rock hey-day of 2007 you will more than likely be familiar with THE HOOSIERS. With their ridiculously catchy and sometime laughable (in the best sense, of course) lyrics; they cemented their status as one of the most fun and exciting bands with debut full length THE TRICK TO LIFE.
To celebrate its tenth birthday the Berkshire based indie-pop icons took the album on tour to be played in full – with nostalgic memories and a good ol’ knees up promised, the tour stretched to literally every inch of the UK. From Newcastle and Glasgow down to Bristol and Exeter.
No performance from The Hoosiers would be complete without the infectiously classics such as Worried About Ray or Goodbye Mr A, but it is the rest of the debut record that shone on the live scene. The plucky delicacy of A Sadness Runs Through Him or the harmonising, stripped back Clinging on for Life do not, in my opinion, get enough appreciation and are overshadowed by the commercial cliches. Still, though, the full album was given an outing and both hats and socks were blown off while fans from the good old days were beaming from start to end.
To summarise, ten years is a long time for an album to be passed around the music scene, but judging by this performance The Trick to Life is to resurrect an album that so many people remember and love.