Chilling Out With Synth-Heavy Hoops

Hoops is a hazy, emotional, synth-enthusiastic trio that sets the vibe to chill and lightheartedness with a touch of dread lurking deep down. Currently on tour with The Drums, they fuse simple guitarwork with low vocals and lots of synth.

The three members of the Indiana-based band met middle school but took years to play together as a band. Frontman Drew Auscherman started Hoops as a solo project and only started collaborating with his middle school pals Keagan Beresford and Kevin Kraute after his sound evolved.

“I think the band has a lot of different influences and even some that don’t sound like us at all,” Auscherman tells BTRtoday. “Usually when we write songs we start out writing them alone—once we have a pretty good idea of what the song should sound like we bring it to the band to see what other ideas we each have.”

This November Hoops released the three-part ambient album, Tapes #1-3, a collection of their original cassette demos and recent recordings. Auscherman also says Hoops is working on new material for their next album.

Read the entire interview with Hoops’ Auscherman below and see if they’re coming to a city near you.

BTRtoday(BTR): Hey Hoops! Love the name—where’d it come from?

Drew Auscherman (DA): The name came from a piece of equipment used in gardening and storing plants. It is called “poly-tunnel,” but more simply referred to as “hoop houses” or “hoops.” I used to work at a gardening center more specifically in the hoop houses.

BTR: How did you all meet and decide to form Hoops?

DA: We all met in middle school and high school. I started Hoops in 2011 as an ambient solo project. After a while, I started writing songs that required drums, bass and keyboards, so I asked Keagan and Kevin to join me. What once started as my own project has now turned into a fully collaborative effort—we have been playing together as a band since 2014.

BTR: What influences your sound?

DA: I think the band has a lot of different influences and even some that don’t sound like us at all. For instance, I am really into the Smashing Pumpkins right now, but I wouldn’t say we sound anything like them. During the recording of this album we were all pretty heavily into dream pop, more specifically The Radio Dept.

BTR: Tell me about this new album—what was the creative process like for it?

DA: The new album is made up of older songs from our cassette demos and some newer ones we had been working on. Usually when we write songs we start out writing them alone. Once we have a pretty good idea of what the song should sound like we bring it to the band to see what other ideas we each have.

BTR: What’s your favorite track on the album?

DA: My personal favorite track is the last track “Worry.” I really like how it stands as a closing statement for the album. It’s also the only really slow burner on the album, which is something about the song I really like. I think it also is a departure from the sound of the album and is indicative of where our sound is going next.

BTR: Has your sound evolved at all?

DA:I think we keep becoming better and more conscious songwriters as our tastes and influences expand. We’ve also been branching out and using more synthesizers and drum machines which will add a lot more color to our sound down the road.

BTR: What should we be looking for in the future of Hoops?

DA: We are in the process of writing another album, but that is all I can say for now.

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