Hoops, a Bloomington, Indiana based four-piece, conjures the idea of breezy afternoons and sticky summer nights - both in name and sound. Not named for the sweltering blacktop accompaniment, nor the waist-slinging hobby, but for hoop houses in the greenhouses where founding member Drew worked in high school. All told, Hoops began as Drew’s solo ambient project. Over the course of 2014’s (particularly sweltering) summer in Bloomington, Hoops naturally filled out into a four-piece lineup featuring; Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, Keagan Beresford, and James Harris.
To date, Hoops has self-released three tapes which draw on influences such as Prefab Sprout and The Clientele. After playing shows here and there around Indiana, the guys slowly began taking weekend trips to nearby midwestern cities. Early adopters My Old Kentucky Blog and Gorilla vs. Bear were soon joined by the likes of FADER, Gold Flake Paint, NME and more in their praise of Hoops.
Still ingrained in the Bloomington music scene (Drew plays in Gum, Daguerreotype, Manneqin), their tapes are available to stream on YouTube - as well as other bands’ tapes from around town. Hoops recently pressed “Tape #3” which contains all three tapes in one and is available to order by emailing the band.
NME - New Music Of The Day: Hoops - Feelin Fine
“A shimmering and playful mix incorporating the best bits of acts like Felt and Ariel Pink – instantly stood out to me, sounding about as lo-fi as you can get but mightily ambitious and with strong melodies all over the place”
Gorilla vs Bear - DOWNLOAD HOOPS’ CHARMING LO-FI POP TAPES
“For our money, the songwriting is consistently as strong as the stuff with which it will inevitably be compared — Mac Demarco comes to mind — and there are legit flashes of brilliance to be found in the tapes.”