Music review: Hoosiers at the Louisiana 8/10 by David Guy
SO, a night with the Hoosiers could be mistaken for a council meeting in Indiana, but that's not what we're here for. This crowd were out for some shamelessly catchy pop music, sprinkled with the odd massive chart success, and Bristol's intimate Louisiana was the perfect venue for it.
Given no help in warming up the crowd from the support act, the headliners took to the stage full of energy. Tracks such as Worst Case Scenario and Live By The Ocean did something to lift the mood.
Mixed in with these numbers were a couple of new ones. More of the same it would appear, from the catchy Lions and the already youtube established Fidget Brain. By the time the band were blazing through hits such as Choices, this crowd was fully won over.
Not only did frontman Irwin Sparkes play and sing every song as if it was the last time he'd ever get to do it, he also led the dancing with moves that Elvis himself would have been proud of. He was also happy knocking out the odd bass line. Sparkes and his band saved the best until last, finishing with big hitter Worried About Ray, before charging into crowd favorites Cops and Robbers and Goodbye Mr A as encores.
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Suitably satisfied, the Louisiana had been served its dose of tongue- in-cheek, happy-go-lucky style music from the pop idiom, and seemed to feel all the better for it.
Thank you, Hoosiers, for offering us an accessible alternative to the generic pop babble that we are unavoidably fed. I for one gratefully accept.