When I say hill, you say top. HILLTOPHILLTOP. When I say hilla hilla you say toppa toppa. HILLA HILLATOPPA TOPPA!HILLA HILLATOPPA TOPPA!
Yes, that is right, the Australian made hip hop maestros have announced their latest national and European tour throughout the second half of 2012. The Speaking in Tongues tour will travel through 14 different venues over two months before heading off to conquer Europe with their iconic Aussie Hip Hop brand.
The tour is to promote their seventh studio album - Drinking From the Sun - which was released earlier this year and features popular tracks such as "I Love It - ft. Sia" and the tours namesake "Speaking in Tongues" - an ode to the human divides in the world we live in today.
Whilst their last release of State Of The Art in 2009 was criticized for its lack of soul and supposed movement into pop culture, Drinking From the Sun sees a glorious return to what
The Hilltop Hoods live acts draw huge crowds at Southbound 2010
they do best. The comparably clean hip hop over their American counterparts has churned up many anthems to the struggles of society. From the wasted youth to oppression of sub-culture the Hilltop Hoods songs carry deep meanings, beyond the norm of singing about girls and partying we see today.
Over the years Hilltop Hoods have collaborated with many big names - the least of which being a whole remake of their #1 album The Hard Road with the Adelaide symphony Orchestra - and it is unknown who, if any, will be joining them on tour. I'd place my bets on the likes of Sia, Okwerdz and the Funkoars making an appearance.
The live performances themselves are something special. The Hilltop Hoods are one of the few bands that know how to properly interact with a crowd - a shining beacon to the glorious past of the live music scene. During a typical HH performance you'll likely witness several crowd-wide chants, intense DJ sets, MC battles and an unrivaled modern day stage presence.
Another rarity today is in the fact they they sound even better live, with no voice dubbing to hide behind its incredible to watch real musicians in their element. Of course they'll be mixing in many of the classics such as the festival favourite 'Nosebleed Section' and 'The Hard Road' - an ode to finding direction amongst the chaos of life.
Its great seeing such a big name including many country towns in their schedule. The Hilltop Hoods are just as good whether the venue be a small bar or a giant stadium. The Hilltop Hoods are a true live musical experience. Their meaningful lyrics and engaging live acts have culminated in many unforgettable nights for myself and many other fans worldwide.