Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, Hoodoo Gurus had a busy 2021, preparing for the release of their 10th studio album, Chariot of the Gods, due from Big Time Phonograph Record Co./EMI on Friday, March 11, 2022. Chariot of the Gods is being released as a 13 song album with 16 songs on the deluxe double-vinyl edition.
The album will also be previewed by a global e-stream, in which fans across the globe can hear it played in its entirety for the very first time, as a special event pre-recorded at Damien Gerard Studios, Central Coast, NSW. The streamed set will be shared on Thursday, March 10th at 8 p.m. AEDT / WST / PST / EST/ GMT ahead of the album’s official release on Friday, March 11th and will include members of the band online to chat with fans.(Fans in North America who had purchased tickets to the recently cancelled tour were extended complimentary tickets to the stream by the Gurus and eMusic Live).
Of the recording of Chariot of the Gods, lead singer Dave Faulkner says:
The last two years have been frustrating and nerve-racking for everyone, but for the Hoodoo Gurus, this dark cloud has had a silver lining. Forced to rely on ourselves instead of the outside world for validation, there has been a creative rebirth within the band that has resulted in a new album. Most important of all, the musical bonds between the four of us have never been stronger. When the discussions are all about which songs we’re sad about having to leave off the record, that’s a damn good sign. I’m tellin’ ya, folks, we’ve got a real spring in our step right now.
Celebrating their 40th anniversary (since forming in 1981), Hoodoo Gurus boast nine ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) Top 20 albums, nine ARIA Top 40 singles, a host of multi-platinum albums and an induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. They hold a singular place in Australian and international Rock ’n’ Roll history. Comprising members of seminal ’70s Auspunk outfits including the Victims, the Scientists, the Fun Things, Radio Birdman and the Divinyls, the band were unrepentant Garage rockers.
Hoodoo Gurus are Dave Faulkner (vocals, guitars), Brad Shepherd (vocals, guitars), Rick Grossman (vocals, bass) and Nik Reith (drums).