This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Hoosiers’ debut album The Trick to Life. They returned to Bournemouth to play at The Old Fire Station as part of their massive 27-date tour to mark the occasion.
Though the band’s line-up may have changed over the years – now the core being Irwin Sparkes (lead guitar) and Alan Sharland (drums) – this doesn’t stop their energetic performance or ability to interact with the crowd. The duo and their touring band took to the stage dressed in a range of bright colours with the crowd cheering in excitement, before opening with the classic Worried About Ray.
This was followed by Worst Case Scenario, where frontman Sparkes got the crowd involved, clapping along. The band rattled through their debut album in its entirety, with fans of all ages singing along to all the hits, including Goodbye Mr A and Cops & Robbers.
Sparkes’ impressive vocals were highlighted with songs Clinging on for Life and Everything Goes Dark which also showed the toned-down side of this lively pop group, with Sparkes switching to acoustic guitar.
The first half of their set closed with the album title track, The Trick to Life before the band returned to begin the extended encore with final, mellow track from the album, Money to be Made. This was then followed by newer releases Pristine and Somewhere in the Distance, and Rules, an oldie which didn’t make the debut album on its first release but is now featured on a re-release.
This encore also included mash-ups of their own material with Womack & Womack’s Teardops and The Weeknd’s I Can’t Feel My Face.
The band thanked everyone for their support over the last decade before closing the set with another favourite, Choices from their second album, The Illusion of Safety. The band clearly get a buzz from performing, with smiles on their faces throughout the night. Even ten years on, it seems they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.
And there’s still plenty of time to catch them at a venue near you during one of their dates throughout the rest of this month and into November. Full list of shows and ticket details here.
Review & Photos: Phoebe Reeks