Hoops know the power of dream-pop" - Pitchfork
"sprightly lo-fi constructed with an attention to production and atmosphere that you'd expect from someone with a background in noise music." - The FADER
"there are legit flashes of brilliance to be found in the tapes' collective" - Gorilla Vs. Bear
"Propelled by ample grooving keys and guitar, 'Rules' is a two minute jaunt into the past when synths and subdued vocals were king." - Stereogum
"Simply put, this is the best dream/jangle-pop debut since the aforementioned Oshin and an absolute must for fans of this genre...absolutely terrific and addictive debut full-length album." - Under The Radar
"The Bloomington, Ind. outfit blends shimmering guitars, woozy keyboards, and clacking drum tracks for their sun-flecked brand of indie-rock, which evokes peers like Real Estate and DIIV." - Entertainment Weekly
Bloomington, Indiana's Hoops released their debut album Routines earlier this year, and today they properly release their early works Tapes #1-3. These tapes were all self-recorded and self-released before Fat Possum stumbled upon them on a YouTube channel by "Dave Osterman" - a.k.a. Hoops' singer/guitarist Drew Auscherman. Previously only available as a limited 50-copy cassette tape run, all three collections are available now digitally and bundled on vinyl and cassette. Alongside the release, Hoops have unearthed a previously unseen video. Watch the video for "4U," from Tape #2 and filmed at Auscherman's house during the recording process, via Gorilla vs. Bear HERE.
Purchase Tapes #1-3 HERE.
Hoops just finished touring with The Clientele and will continue on with The Drums and some headlining dates. See below to find a show near you and get your tickets HERE.
Hoops was born in frontman Drew Auscherman's teenage bedroom as a solo ambient and beat-driven project à la Oneohtrix Point Never's Replica. Auscherman named the band after the hoop houses at the nursery where he worked (not for his home state's mania for basketball). Eventually he corralled a few of his friends to flesh out his songs, and the music inevitably shifted toward something new: more melodic, more guitar-driven, more extroverted. Fast forward to 2017, and Hoops have released three cassette tapes, last year's self-titled EP, and this year's debut LP Routines which earned them heaps of praise from press, spins from radio stations across the country, and a track that hit #2 on Spotify's Global and U.S. Viral Charts.
Routines is Hoops' critically acclaimed debut album, out now via Fat Possum. A bittersweet and honest record that was masterfully crafted by the band's three songwriters, Routines is full of blissed-out hyper-melodic songs, built around power-pop chords, deceptively complex drum patterns, and rock-anthem sentiments. Buy Routines, one of 2017's best debut albums, HERE.
Hoops is Drew Auscherman (vox, guitar), Kevin Krauter (vox, bass), and Keagan Beresford (vox, keys, guitar).
11/10 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
11/28 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In +
11/29 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West +
11/30 - Orlando, FL @ The Social +
12/01 - Miami, FL @ Gramps +
12/02 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar +
12/04 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder +
12/05 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks +
12/06 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall +
12/08 - Dallas, TX @ Trees +
12/09 - Austin, TX @ Emo's +
12/10 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls +
12/11 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf +
12/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren +
12/14 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas +
12/15 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory +
+ w/ The Drums