Veteran Aussie indie faves Underground Lovers came up for air earlier this month for the release of A Left Turn, their 10th studio set.
With an Australian tour set to kick off in support, Billboard today (Oct. 31) premieres the music video for A Left Turn single “Hooky.”
Filmed and edited by Sean T Barnes from an original concept by founding bandmates Glenn Bennie and Vincenzo Giarrusso, the kaleidoscopic clip captures the band rehearsing late one night at the Melbourne Town Hall. There’s not a soul around, but you could cut the energy with a knife.
“Hooky” is about “male friendship/tension and the pressure that guys have existing in a competitive world,” Giarrusso tells Billboard. “I wanted to write a song that encapsulated masculine energy in a positive way. I wanted the song to be visceral and uplifting. The initial inspiration for the song was a riff that came to us after we saw ‘Hooky’ play in Melbourne last year and we built on that riff in the studio.”
Produced in Sydney by Wayne Connolly, A Left Turn dropped Oct. 11, some 30 years after the Melbourne outfit recorded their debut single “Round & Round.” A Left Turn features first single “The Passer-by” and its folllowup “Seven Day Weekend.”
Formed in 1989 by high school friends Bennie and Giarrusso, “The Undies,” as they’re affectionately known in these parts, took out the 1992 ARIA Award back for best new talent. Their classic track “Losin’ It,” from 1994’s Dream It Down, came in at No. 19 on Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 countdown and their sophomore set Leaves Me Blind earned a place in the 100 Best Australian Albums tome, published in 2010.
Underground Lovers start their national trek Saturday night (Nov. 2) with a sold-out show at Marrickville Bowlo in Sydney.
Stream A Left Turn below