By Derek Schlennstedt
If ‘Weir’ or ‘Mascara’ are the songs that take you back to 1999, don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with the band behind them at the York on Lilydale on 24 August.
It’s been twenty years since Hooper Siblings Killing Heidi released their disarming folk pop song, ‘Kettle’ on triple j unearthed.
The band soon expanded into colourful teenage power pop and burst onto the national and international stage with their breakthrough debut album Reflector, released in March 2000.
Anthemic singles ‘Mascara’ and ‘Weir’ made Reflector a blow-out success and cemented the work as one of Australia’s most loved pop albums.
The early naughties belonged to Killing Heidi with Weir placing #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100.
Reflector went onto to take out four ARIA awards and reach platinum status.
The Hooper siblings also won the critically-acclaimed APRA songwriters of the year award.
Ella and Jesse Hooper reignited the flame re-banding for the 20th anniversary of Queenscliff Music Festival in November 2016, a perfect fit as it marked 20 years since the siblings first started performing as ‘Killing Heidi’.
Inspired by the electric energy and capacity crowd their reunion performance drew, they then went on to wow fans at the Zoo Twilight concert series in February at Taronga and Melbourne Zoo and now will come to Lilydale.
“What Killing Heidi’s music meant and still means to the people that shared that amazing time with us really blows me away,” Ella Hooper said.
“I meet so many people, especially young women, who tell me how Killing Heidi inspired them to be themselves, back themselves or even start a band, and I’m completely honoured that it had that effect on people.”
The Band will play at the York on Lilydale on 24 August, so get in quick.