shows: Woohoo’s magical mystery tour
HE Woohoo Revue know their reputation is based on their energetic live show, which is why they aim to play more than 100 shows a year.
The Melbourne-based instrumental six-piece will cross two gigs off its to-do list on the Gold Coast this weekend, taking to the stage at The SoundLounge tomorrow and at Bond University’s Bond by the Lake on Sunday at 4.15pm.
The Bond gig will cap off a huge afternoon featuring I Think Not (1pm), Empire Swing (1.30pm and 2.45pm), Les Wilson’s Swing Force Big Band featuring Bec Whitehead (2pm) and Melissa Western’s Oh Lady Be Good cabaret show (3.15pm).
Revue guitarist Dannie McKenzie says fuel to keep playing animated live shows comes from the audience.
‘‘It’s a back and forwards energy flow. The more we give, the more the audience give back,’’ he says.
While the group has considered adding a vocalist, McKenzie reckons ‘‘there has never been space’’.
‘‘We have six individuals on stage doing amazing things,’’ he says.
‘‘The violin, trumpet and saxophone are all in the same range as vocals. They go hard out. There is no space for them to slow down or make room for vocals.
‘‘The nature of having a vocalist is they become the feature with a backing band and that’s not what we are about.’’
The Woohoo Revue released their second record, Moreland’s Ball, in March, a follow-up to their debut LP Dear Animals.
McKenzie says the band didn’t have a problem capturing the magic of a live show in its recordings.
‘‘It was an exciting recording process. I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a pre-conceived idea about where you want a tune to go,’’ he says.
‘‘You need to let it go with the flow, they are the magic moments.’’
The Woohoo Revue and Greshka play The SoundLounge, at Currumbin RSL, tomorrow and Bond University’s Bond by the Lake, at the Adco Amphitheatre, on Sunday.
The Woohoo Revue