Bloomington, Indiana four-piece Hoops recently signed to Fat Possum, and today they announce the release of their debut EP. The self-titled EP – which Hoops self-recorded, produced and mixed – will be out on August 26th.
Listen to the opening track and first single “Cool 2” – an infectious tune packed with lo-fi vocals and jangly guitars, clocking in at under 2 minutes – now via Gorilla vs. Bear. Click HERE to pre-order on CD or vinyl (including limited edition clear vinyl) now.
Hoops just wrapped a support tour with Whitney, and are hitting the road again starting today for a string of shows which includes opening for Porches at a Pitchfork Festival Aftershow in Chicago next month. See below to find a show near you and PRESS HERE to purchase tickets.
What began as frontman Drew Auscherman’s solo ambient project, Hoops ultimately became a quartet in 2014. Named for hoop houses in the greenhouses which Auscherman used to work in high school, Hoops draw on influences from Prefab Sprout and The Clientele, and recall the idea of breezy afternoons and sticky summer nights in both name and sound. The fuzzy, summer-ready Hoops EP follows the band’s first releases, Tapes #1-3, which earned Hoops early praise from The FADER, Gorilla vs. Bear, NME, My Old Kentucky Blog, Gold Flake Paint, and more.
Hoops is: Drew Auscherman (vox, guitar), Kevin Krauter (vox, bass), Keagan Beresford (vox, keys, guitar), and James Harris (drums)
1. Cool 2
3. Going Strong
4. Give It Time
6/27/16 Cincinnati, OH @ The Comet
6/28/16 Nashville, TN @ Soft Junk
6/29/16 Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre (Rooftop)
6/30/16 Atlanta, GA @ 529
7/01/16 Oxford, MS @ Cats Purring Dude Ranch
7/02/16 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
7/03/16 Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
7/05/16 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
7/09/16 Columbus, OH @ 4th & 4th Fest #
7/17/16 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle – Pitchfork Festival Aftershow $
7/22/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
8/24/16 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
9/24/16 Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival
# w/ Whitney & White Reaper
$ w/ Porches
* w/ Quilt
+ w/ The Pills & Nice Try