+ Re-release of debut 45 single (1981)
+ US Summer Tour
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 6, 2023) – The Hooters are excited to announce the release of Rocking & Swing, their first new studio recording since 2010. The new album will be released on May 12th through their own Hooters Music label and will be available on vinyl and CD along with digital streaming services.
Rocking & Swing is a throwback to The Hooters’ early 80s roots with their unique blend of ska, reggae and rock. It is an upbeat, party record with 8 new tracks (plus a bonus live track on the CD, recorded at The Keswick Theatre in November 2022).
The album features its first single, “Why Won’t You Call Me Back,” as well as several new takes on previously released recordings. A few of the songs may also sound familiar to the band’s first fans as they were originally played live back in the early 80s club scene where the group got its start. The addition of a three-piece horn section, aptly named ‘Men In The Street’ (after the Skatalites’ classic track) adds another dimension of Roots Rock Hooterization.
“We’ve been talking about this kind of project for years. But it just sort of happened last winter, organically and quickly, always a good sign,” explains co-founder and keyboardist Rob Hyman. “After we had played some new material with the horns at the Keswick Theatre last fall, it was finally the right time and place for us to revisit the feel of those pivotal gigs and vintage sounds.”
In fact, some of the new album’s tracks were directly transferred from 4-track PortaStudio cassette demos from the 80s into ProTools, constructing the 2023 band around these vintage elements. The result is a bold musical leap into the future with a loving nod to the past.
Re-releasing Remastered Debut Single
The Hooters are also re-releasing their 1981 debut 45 single, “Fightin’ On The Same Side” + “Wireless” with the original artwork sleeve, but newly remastered for a limited special-edition on yellow vinyl.
First US Tour Since The 90s
And in equally exciting news, The Hooters will be joining Rick Springfield’s “I Want My 80s” US tour, rolling across the country from August 4th to Sept. 17th. It will be the band’s first national tour since the mid-90s and the group is looking forward to traveling the States again after wrapping another Euro-Tour in June and July ’23. See tour dates here.