By this stage the group had given flesh to many central myths of Australian culture and they continually pushed the boundaries of what an Irish folk band should sound like. While folk music is a game that one plays according to the rules they rarely followed them yet still landed high profile shows and toured extensively. In 2006 they released a second demo titled South of the Strait, a live recording from a pivotal performance at Tilley’s Divine Cafe. Early in 2007 the group headed to Van Diemans Land for a string of sold out shows.
Upon their return founding member Clap left the group. No one could have guessed that under that wild schemer lurked a responsible leader and business man, but things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. The group never really recovered from the loss of one of its own. It was a bitter pill to swallow but they fought on bravely to release Darjeeling Tea in 2007.
Originally intended as a full length album, money and time constraints reduced its release to an E.P. A few of the missing tracks later appeared on the web. The release led them to the attention of UK Metal bible, Metal Hammer magazine and they featured in the May 2007 edition. After heralding in 2008 with its biggest performance yet at Apollo Bay darkness was drawing nearer.
Appropriately at Corinbank Music Festival in March 2009 on an isolated bush stage, O’Hooligans revealed their intentions to disband the group and drew the curtain on an extraordinary journey. As the dust settled on their final performance I asked them what might be their immediate purpose. They answered, “To go to sea again.” Often their story has been surrounded by myth, the names changed to protect the innocent, but the O’Hooligans pushed boundaries. They were not governed by tradition.
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