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Hilltop Hoods Remember Being Young, Stylish & Broke on ‘Laced Up’

The trio’s first single of the year was inspired by a dinner Suffa once had with his wife in his younger days

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Ashlee Jones

Hilltop Hoods have returned with their first new music of 2023.

“Laced Up” was inspired by a dinner Suffa once had with his wife in his younger days.

“We were at a pretty nice restaurant for Valentine’s Day, and I spent the whole time sweating about whether I’d actually be able to pay the bill or not,” he recalls.

“I was working at a factory at the time and was struggling to make ends meet. The funny thing is that I would have had crisp, fresh kicks on, and I would have been confident that I had enough money for drinks. It’s just how your priorities are when you’re that age I guess, at least that’s how mine were.”

Alongside a couple of 2022 hits – “Show Business” (ft. Eamon), “A Whole Day’s Night (ft. Montaigne & Tom Thum) – “Laced Up” will feature on Hilltop Hoods’ forthcoming ninth studio album.

In other band news, the Aussie trio just announced a New Zealand tour for September. They’ll head cross the ditch for performances in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, with support provided by local artist Freddy Reynold (see full details below).

Hilltop Hoods’ Kiwi trip will follow their biggest UK and Europe tour to date, set to take place between June and July. They’ll also perform at Splendour in the Grass and Spin Off in their home country in July.

The New Zealand tour will be the first time Kiwi fans have been able to witness the trio’s energetic performances in four years. On their last visit to the country, the group supported Eminem on his NZ Rapture Tour, performing to a record-breaking crowd of over 46,000.

Hilltop Hoods’ “Laced Up” is out now via Island Records Australia/Universal Music Group.

Hilltop Hoods 2023 New Zealand Tour

With special guest Freddy Reynold

Presented by Blue Max Music & TEG Live

Tickets available via hilltophoods.com

Friday, September 1st
The Studio, Auckland

Saturday, September 2nd
The Hunter Lounge, Wellington

Sunday, September 3rd
The Ngaio Marsh Theatre, Christchurch