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Hoosiers at Club NME, Glasgow Credit: Stephen McLeod

by Dominic Punt, Content Writer

It’s been a long time since I played FIFA 08 in my room, listening to Goodbye Mr. A. by the Hoosiers.

The pop-indie group rocked the late 2000’s with feel-good songs such as the critically acclaimed Goodbye Mr. A and Worried About Ray.

Since then, they have left the mainstream limelight however after releasing four studio albums, they are embarking on their ten-year anniversary tour.

The small but vibrant location of The Old Fire Station in Bournemouth was the perfect place to kick-off their tour, with lead singer and band creator Irwin Sparkes at the forefront of the simplistic set.

Sparkes is lively and upbeat, alongside lifelong friend and bandmate Alan Sharland; who has been with the band since it’s formation in 2003.

The tight space inside Bournemouth’s Old Fire Station created great acoustics with a heavy bass line alongside the rugged electric guitar that is synonymous with The Hoosiers.

Light-hearted, cuss-free and indie-pop that hasn’t aged in the decade since it was first released plays to the enthusiastic and electric crowd, which was clearly full of loyal fans.

The set list contains the full album The Trick of Life, which was their debut album that went to number one back in 2007.

The Hoosiers performing at Live Fest in July 2011 Credit: Press Association
The Hoosiers performing at Live Fest in July 2011 Credit: Press Association

Cops and Robbers alongside singles Goodbye Mr. A and Worried About Ray get the most fan reaction, which isn’t surprising as the nostalgia sets in.

Four singles were released from that album, and playing them in full shows how much they love the album, their first and most commercially successful.

As one of the first venues on the tour, it seemed as though the smaller contingency of The Hoosiers are still having fun playing their music ten years on.

The Hoosiers continue their tour over the course of the next month, travelling to all ends of the country, and they are still as good now as they were in their prime.

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