Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus Releasing 10th Album, ‘Chariot of the Gods’

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The Hoodoo Gurus, the popular Australian band that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2021, will release their 10th album, Chariot of the Gods, on March 11. The album will be available from Big Time Phonograph Record Co./EMI.

In a press release, lead singer Dave Faulkner describes the recording of Chariot of the Gods: “The last two years have been frustrating and nerve-racking for everyone, but for the Hoodoo Gurus, this dark cloud has had a silver lining. Forced to rely on ourselves instead of the outside world for validation, there has been a creative rebirth within the band that has resulted in a new album. Most important of all, the musical bonds between the four of us have never been stronger. When the discussions are all about which songs we’re sad about having to leave off the record, that’s a damn good sign. I’m tellin’ ya, folks, we’ve got a real spring in our step right now.”

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Each of the album’s songs tells a different story, says the announcement. “The album’s lead single is ‘Carry On,’ an anthem celebrating resilience and tenacity (damn the torpedoes!).  There’s the explosive glam-stomper ‘World of Pain.’ ‘Hung Out to Dry,’ a politically incorrect ode to a former orange President, is only available on the limited-release double vinyl version. ‘Get Out of Dodge’ is a song to all the non-conformists out there—anyone who feels outnumbered and can’t fit in with the unreasonable expectations of the crowd, and the punk-snarling stage-setter ‘Answered Prayers.’”

Celebrating their 40th anniversary (since forming in 1981), Hoodoo Gurus boast nine ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Top 20 albums, nine ARIA Top 40 singles, a host of multi-platinum albums and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Comprising members of seminal ’70s Auspunk outfits including the Victims, the Scientists, the Fun Things, Radio Birdman and the Divinyls, the band, says the press release, was composed of “unrepentant garage rockers whose colorful personality and pop culture smarts took them to the top of the charts at home and to the forefront of international garage/alternative /power pop movements of the mid-’80s, accepted as friends and contemporaries by bands ranging from the Bangles to the Fleshtones and the Flamin’ Groovies to Redd Kross. The band played to packed houses across Brazil, Europe and America, making their way to the top of the U.S. College and Alternative charts on multiple occasions.”

Hoodoo Gurus are Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitars), Brad Shepherd (vocals, guitars), Rick Grossman (vocals, bass) and Nik Reith (drums).

About the eMusic livestream

In an exclusive preview, Hoodoo Gurus fans across the globe can hear the band’s forthcoming 10th studio album Chariot of the Gods played in its entirety for the very first time, as eMusic Live streams a special event pre-recorded at Damien Gerard Studios, Central Coast, NSW.

The streamed set will be shared at 8 p.m. AEDT / WST / PST / EST/ GMT on Thursday, March 10, ahead of the album’s official release on Friday, March 11, and will include members of the band online to chat with fans. (Fans in North America who had purchased tickets to the recently canceled tour were extended complimentary tickets to the stream by the Gurus and eMusic Live.)

Tickets are $10 AUD /$8 USD – available here.

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