Bananas, tutus – what a night!

PUBLISHED: 14:13 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 11 May 2010



You are listening to an award winning band, says frontman Irwin Sparkes. For all our hard work the NME has named us worst band. Well, with a packed out Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Hoosiers must be doing something right. The three-piece burst on to th

You are listening to an award winning band," says frontman Irwin Sparkes.

"For all our hard work the NME has named us worst band."

Well, with a packed out Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Hoosiers must be doing something right.

The three-piece burst on to the stage to a screaming, frenzied audience made up mostly of teenagers in fancy dress although a number of grown-ups, mums, dads, and couples seemed equally as excited.

Making their entrance through a giant wardrobe in the corner, the trio, along with a keyboardist, make themselves at home in the replica living room complete with oversized lampshades.

Sparkes and fellow band mates Martin Skarendahl and Alfonso Sharland hold cut out letters that spell the band's name to a still screaming audience before energetically bounding across the stage to take their positions.

I must admit at this point that I am not a die-hard Hossiers fan and I was not dressed as a banana, the Incredible Hulk, or in a neon coloured tutu like some.

But, I do like the band and their catchy 'odd-pop' sound - well the two songs that I've heard anyway.

And it was those two tracks, Goodbye Mr A and Worried About Ray that I was most impressed by.

Sparkes' trademark voice is as perfect live as it is on the radio, and with the upbeat drums, fantastic visuals, and buzzing atmosphere, I might have been caught singing along and tapping my feet.

The rest of The Hoosiers performance was quirky and fun with two backing singers appearing dressed in skeleton costumes and a few excited teenagers crowd surfing.

Although the remaining songs were not quite as memorable, Sparkes knew how to work up the audience with his quick chats in between tracks.

With stomping feet and chanting the band returned to the stage for an encore with Sparkes' performing a notable solo to start off.

The positioning of next single Cops and Robbers as the last track of the night was a fine choice and actually left me feeling that this band was worth seeing.

Irish support group The Script are definitely worth a mention.

Vocalist Danny has a gripping voice and the band's sound is a real mix of rock, pop, and r'n'b, with great ­narrative.

With giant balloons floating across the audience, fancy dress, and so much energy on stage, The Hoosiers certainly know how to give a good show, and don't take themselves too seriously.

Good fun for anyone!


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