shows: Woohoo’s mag­i­cal mys­tery tour

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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

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