Released May 5th is the debut full-length album of 80’s synth-pop group Hoops. Fresh from Bloomington, Indiana, this tune-tastic band have recently thrown to the public two singles that have already rocked thousands of minds in seven days.
Built up from the album’s ambient origins by Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, Keagan Beresford, and James Harris, Hoops has blasted through charts and hearts. Over the last few years, Hoops has released several cassettes and a debut EP that has drawn international attention and a #2 hit on Spotify’s Global and U.S. Viral charts.
Hoops’ newest release, the video attached to their single “On Top”, draws the viewer in the most literal way. Creating instant nostalgia, the song carries the viewer through his television to an infomercial gone wrong. The calm melody as smoke fills the rooms creates a fantastic and almost sci-fi feel. The “On Top” video, directed by Jake Huber, creates a world only too familiar. In every aspect, this video utterly completes Hoops’ tune, establishing the diamond in the fake plants and fog machines.
The album, ‘Routines’, is claimed to bring out those distinctive tunes that feel oh so familiar. The late night drive feelings sparked by the group leave you craving much more than these teasing singles will grant. After months of studio experimentation and rebuilt tunes, the group finally found their groove. And what a groove it is. Run on tour, ‘Routines’ has raised praise from critics internationally. “Hoops know the power of dream-pop…Hoops can deliver a polished product and, throughout this angsty jam, they become more and more irresistible.” said Pitchfork of the groups early release, ‘Rules’.
Hoops’ next tour will begin May 2nd in Glasgow, a running start to their two-month international travels. The band’s travel dates are available below while preorders for Routines, as well as any merch, can be found on bandcamp. Be sure to keep up with this eclectically designed quartet on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for any sudden, synth-related developments.
5/02 – Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint
5/03 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
5/04 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
5/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
5/08 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
5/09 – Brighton, UK @ The Green Door Store
5/10 – London, UK @ The Lexington
5/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Music Festival
5/15 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
5/17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
5/18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall *
5/19 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
5/21 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
5/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
5/23 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
5/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
5/27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
5/28 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
6/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
6/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
6/06 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
6/07 – Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
6/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right ^
6/09 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^
6/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle ^
6/12 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien ^
6/13 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed ^
6/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G ^
6/15 – Detroit, MI @ El Club ^
6/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi
* w/ PARTS
^ w/ Joy Again