HOOPS Announce Debut EP + Share "Cool 2" via Gorilla vs. Bear

Hoops EP out August 26th via Fat Possum
(Credit: Daniel Topete)

Early praise for Hoops:
"undeniably infectious and charming tapes" - Gorilla vs. Bear
'...an aural capsule of summer; it's built on speedy, luminous guitar work and some murky melodies - the latter a little bit reminiscent of Real Estate's groggy earliest output." - The FADER
"There is a romanticism in every song that harvests elements of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mac DeMarco, and Real Estate with pitched guitars and earnest feel." - My Old Kentucky Blog
"Striking a blend of beautiful, dreamy tones, Hoops inhabit a space between DIIV's guitar weaving, Ariel Pink's surf-pop weirdness and Real Estate's earlier works - all combined, they build towards a canvas of glorious propulsive swells of sun-soaked sonics." - The Line of Best Fit
"The music - 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 super strong melodies all over the place...The best thing about it is how it all builds, with those lilting, gorgeous melodies piled high..." - NME
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 26thPRESS HERE to 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 viaGorilla vs. Bear. "Cool 2" will be available as an instant grat with all pre-orders starting tomorrow.PRESS HERE to pre-order on CD or vinyl (including limited edition coke clear vinyl) now, and HERE to pre-order digitally tomorrow.  

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 BlogGold Flake Paint, and more. 

Hoops is: Drew Auscherman (vox, guitar), Kevin Krauter (vox, bass), Keagan Beresford (vox, keys, guitar), and James Harris (drums)

EP cover art
  1. Cool 2
  2. Yeah
  3. Going Strong
  4. Give It Time
  5. Gemini
Tour Dates
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