Since regrouping in late 2003, the Hoodoo Gurus have focused on their home turf of Australia.
That will change this month when the band tours America for the first time in at least a dozen years.
“We’re just trying to catch up and remind people where we’ve been for all of these years,” says singer/guitarist Dave Faulkner. “And there have been a few albums that many people wouldn’t have even picked up on, like Mach Schau, which came out a few years ago [in Australia].
“So we’re really taking our first steps right now. We’re not going to jump ahead to the 10-year plan.”
During their first decade together, the Gurus, who formed in 1981, made their mark with such melodic rockers as “What’s My Scene,” “Come Anytime” and “1000 Miles Away.”
As for the future, Faulkner has plans to write songs for the follow-up to Mach Schau.
“I’m hoping when I get back from this tour to start focusing on writing,” he says. “To be honest, I would suspect that if I really knuckled down and started writing and gave it a couple of months, we wouldn’t start recording until the end of the year, which would mean it wouldn’t be out until the middle of next year.”
As for the upcoming U.S. concerts, he adds, “We really just want to get up there and show people what we can do. The biggest question in people’s minds will be, ‘Can they still cut the mustard?’ And that’s all we’re going to be out to prove — that we can. We always have and we always will.
“We might not be as pretty as we were, but then we were never that pretty, anyway,” he says with a laugh. “Just don’t get too close, that’s all.”
— By Chris M. Junior
Hoodoo Gurus on tour (schedule subject to change):
* March 16: Blender Bar at the Ritz — Austin, Texas (SXSW showcase)
* March 17: Club Dada — Dallas
* March 20: B.B King Blues Club & Grill — New York
* March 21: World Cafe Live — Philadelphia
* March 23: The Horseshoe Tavern — Toronto
* March 25: Abbey — Chicago
* March 26: Belly Up — Aspen, Colo.
* March 27: Belly Up — Solana Beach, Calif.
* March 28: El Rey Theatre — Los Angeles
* March 30: House of Blues — Anaheim, Calif.
* March 31: Cafe Du Nord — San Francisco