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HOODOO GURUS with The Domnicks – Live on Rottnest Island, WA – Sunday 3rd March 2013

| 23 April 2013 | Reply

With The Domnicks
The Rottnest Hotel, Rottnest Island, Western Australia
By Shane Pinnegar

Here’s a recipe for a great day out:
Take a beautiful summery Sunday on a long weekend
Stir in The Hoodoo Gurus, one of Australia’s biggest and best rock bands since the early Eighties
Season with local rock n’ soul supergroup The Domnicks
Serve on an idyllic island retreat 18 kms off the coast of Fremantle in a relaxed family environment

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Nick Sheppard and Dom Mariani’s Domnicks just go from strength to strength since the release of debut album Super Real, and they made sure to turn a few heads despite being mostly new to the Hoodoo Gurus crowd and opening with the Small Faces groove of Let’s Go Baby (Where The Action Is) and Super Real, they burst out of the gates at a blistering pace.

The album’s first single I Wonder What You’re Doing Now sees Mariani take the mic and comes across like his old band The Stems crossed with The Stones, while bassist Howie Shawcross delivers a great take on Bobby Bland’s I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog and there’s a wonderfullly funky and soulful Get Ready, the old Smokey Robinson number.

The Domnicks seamless blend of classic Sixties and Seventies rock n’ roll and Motown/Stax soul is a delight to the ears and nearly impossible to sit still through. These guys have been stalwarts of various music scenes for years and they know what they like, and are happy to share it with you. Don’t dig it? No problems: move outta the way so the rest of us can get our groove on.  This is such a confident and masterful band that it proves worldwide fame is more a matter of having the right luck in the right place at the right time, than it is about quality.

Hoodoo Gurus take the stage for a rocking trip through memory lane, playing tracks from throughout their long and illustrious career, starting with Place In The Sun and The Right Time. It’d take a very cold, defeated person not to get off on the sight and sound of a packed island hotel grooving and dancing to these paisley tinged garage pop classics from such a seminal band: even a handful of wee local quokkas were interested enough to bravely venture underfoot into the packed pub and much on whatever food they could find while they listened to the tunes.

The band seem to be revelling in their slightly-elder-statesmen popularity and delve deep into their back catalogue for a few rarely-played album tracks, including If Only… from In Blue Cave and Dressed In Black from Kinky. The obscurities only add to the celebration for the packed house, strengthening the communal bond between band and fans, and whether they be teenagers now or then, they all seemed to know the songs and there was nary a flat point to be seen.

The idyllic venue – complete with stunning beach and ocean views – and the enthusiastic crowd response leaves the band grinning Cheshire Cat style, and a joyous encore of The Flamin’ Groovies’ garage classic Teenage Head, obscure b-side Stomp The Tumbarumba and the surf garage of Like Wow! Wipeout ensures that the smiles are on the faces of everyone present as most file out to catch the last ferry back to the mainland.
Set List: Hoodoo Gurus

Place In The Sun
The Right Time
If Only…
Death Defying
Dressed In Black
Middle Of The Land
When You Get To California
Miss Freelove ‘69
Come Anytime
Crackin’ Up
Whats My Scene
I Was A Kamikaze Pilot

Teenage Head
Stomp The Tumbarumba
Like Wow! Wipeout


Set List: The Domnicks

Let’s Go Baby (Where The Action Is)
Super Real
I Wonder What You’re Doing Now
Black Eyed Girl
Cool Runnings
I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog
Colour Me Gone
Get Ready
Already There
Memphis Train
I Don’t Wanna Live like That


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