Hoodoo Gurus' Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd share the secret to their longevity: "If it sounds real and exciting, we're good to go"

Hoodoo Gurus
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Few bands have put out as many consistently interesting and entertaining albums as Australia’s Hoodoo Gurus. From their 1984 debut, Stoneage Romeos, up through 2010’s Purity of Essence and a slew of more recent recordings, including 2021’s World of Pain, the band have cranked out perfect power-pop songs matched only by the “strum and drang” [sic] of their rave-up live shows. 

Along the way, they’ve been inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. The group’s lineup has been mostly stable – with a few changes to the rhythm section over the years – but singer/guitarist Dave Faulkner and guitarist Brad Shepherd have been mainstays.  

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Bruce Fagerstrom

Bruce is a freelance writer of features and interviews for Guitar World and MAGNET Magazine among other titles. He's played guitar in numerous garage bands with much better musicians who sometimes laugh at his Ovation Breadwinner.