The Button Factory, Dublin: Sunday 6th October, 2019.
Tickets €19.45 Inc. booking fee.
Doors 7.30pm | Over 18s | ID Required
The Great Expanse World Tour
Plus Very Special Guest
1955’ and ‘Cosby Sweater’ reached the top five in the ARIA charts and have both reached six-times platinum status. The smash ‘I Love It’ went five-times platinum. They opened the door for countless acts from all over Australia through their mentoring, touring and their annual Initiative for emerging acts.
Every studio album from 2006’s The Hard Road onwards has debuted at number one – they even picked up a number one debut for their recent Remix album (Drinking From The Sun Walking Under Stars Restrung). They’ve consistently racked up multi-platinum sales in an era when the industry is seeing sales dwindle across the board. They’ve also been a consistent and powerful live act throughout Australia, Canada and Europe, and even took hip hop back to its birthplace in the US.
After finishing their very first sold out Arena Tour in 2016, what do Hilltop Hoods do next? The answer is The Great Expanse.
“We never stop writing,” nods Suffa, Matt Lambert. “We did have a conversation where we were like ‘let’s just write as hard as we can and go over the top’.”
“We definitely push ourselves creatively more with every record,” explains Pressure, aka Daniel Smith.
“We’ve always got beats on hold,” adds Barry Francis, better known as Debris.
And that time was well spent.
“We wrote most of it over a two year period, but some of the ideas were even older – like, a hook or a verse here or there. We pulled back on the touring a lot, just the odd festival slot or a month overseas.”
With album number eight the trio have created another statement of intent. And if anyone was thinking that things would be slowing down at this point then you’re in for a shock.
“I feel like the first two thirds of the record are more upbeat than anything we’ve ever done before,” Pressure declares.
“That was deliberate,” Suffa confirms, “When we were working on the tracklisting we were like ‘how do we make this make sense, because there was so much light and shade.”
And he’s not wrong. After the curtain-up prelude of the title track it slams into the euphoric opener ‘Into The Abyss’ and the riff heavy hit ‘Leave Me Lonely’ – released mere weeks before Hottest 100 voting closed, it still reached #24 in Triple J’s mighty music democracy and became a commercial radio crossover hit (number one most added to radio in Australia on release.)
‘The Great Expanse’ is an album filled with an eclectic group of guests including Ecca Vandal (who lends her vocals to ‘Exit Sign’ and ‘Be Yourself’), Adrian Eagle (who soulfully delivers the hook on ‘Clark Griswold’), Ruel (who shines on one of the albums more contemplative tracks ‘Fire & Grace’), Timberwolf (crashing through with a powerful and emotive performance on ‘Sell It All, Run Away’) and Nyssa (a brand new talent who appears on both ‘Be Yourself’ and ‘Here Without You’) as well as an appearance from the Hoods close friend and ally, Illy.
Even with these new flavours, the sound is unmistakably Hoods.