“Narcotics, noise and nakedness” is how frontman Booga Beazley sums up Head Like A Hole when their debut album ‘13’ was released in 1992.
“We’d only recorded our cassette s***tnoise and, you know, basically started HLAH without even the thought of recording music or playing to heaps of people; it was just an experiment to see if we could actually play music.”
Quarter of a century, five albums, a break-up and make up, a line-up change and thousands of kilometres of touring later, HLAH is still in the business of getting crowds rocking all over New Zealand.
And in celebration of the 25th anniversary since the release of ‘13’, the boys are embarking on a 12-date tour where they’ll play the album in its entirety, starting at Totara Street performance venue in Mount Maunganui on May 4.
In March HLAH re-released ‘13’ and Booga says after all these years it’s great the album is finally getting a bit of recognition, after it reached number three on the New Zealand charts and number 24 on the international chart earlier this month.
“When I look back on those days, I was full of energy and enthusiasm. But when I listen to ‘13’ I do realise I couldn’t sing that well and I needed a bit more time to hone my expertise before we went into the studio.
“But back then we were young, we just wanted to get it done and I suppose it is the energy of the album that comes through more than anything.”
This upcoming show in the Mount promises to be a doozy, with Booga saying the band’s in fine form and amping to go. There’ll also be several songs he’s particularly looking forward to cranking out on stage again.
“I’ve always loved ‘Fish Across Face’ and ‘Nevermind Today’ which we still perform, I love playing ‘Ritual Groove Meister’, and we’re playing ‘Peanut’ again. We haven’t played that for many, many years, and that’s epic.”
Head Like A Hole performs ‘13’ at Totara Street performance venue in Mount Maunganui on May 7 from 8pm. R18 gig. Tickets cost $40 and available online via Eventfinda.
The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky readers who can tell us the name of Head Like A Hole’s debut album which they’ll be playing in full on May 4?
All entries must be received by Wednesday, April 26.