A fresh, contemporary wave of lo-fi shoegazing and dreamy indie pop has been sweeping eastwards across the Atlantic for a few years now. With the fuzz of Diiv and the haze of Beach Fossils, Indiana’s Hoops conjure up a frenzy of post-2010 US indie-rock flavour.
Squeezing onto their first London stage, Hoops play with charm and charisma. The soothing guitar hooks and guzzling bass grooves dazzle every inch of the already crammed Old Blue Last.
Track, Cool 2 is a two-minute highlight, showcasing the band’s effortless blend of shimmering guitars and lull-rolling vocals, merged gorgeously into a busty blitz. The boys put their sound at the forefront, as lead vocalist Drew Auscherman grins, and drummer James Allen sucks contently on a lollipop.
The EPs are stacking up for these guys, with an album inevitably on its way. Their lo-fi ambience and high-tempo charge sends Shoreditch off into the night, intrigued and expectant of what’s to come.