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Ground Control Touring Welcomes Kevin Krauter & Hoops

Ground Control Touring Welcomes Kevin Krauter & Hoops

Posted 11/13/2019

We are excited to welcome Hoops and Kevin Krauter as the newest additions to Ground Control Touring’s artist roster!

Hoops is Drew Auscherman, Kevin Krauter, and Keagan Beresford. They released their critically-acclaimed debut album Routines in 2017, and, soon after, announced an indefinite hiatus to focus on life outside of the band. Today Hoops announce they are back together after a short but necessary break, and share their first new song in 2+ years. Welcome the band back, and listen to “They Say” HERE.

Hoops also announce today their first live show since the start of their hiatus, a NYC headline show next month. Get your tickets to see them at The Dance in Manhattan on December 4th 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. Come 2017, Hoops had released three cassette tapes, a self-titled EP, and and their 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. The band soon after disbanded, which — fortunately for us — did not last long.

Kevin Krauter has been making music all by his lonesome for much longer. An insightful songwriter with a lyrical style that is both economical and evocative, Krauter crafts unique soundscapes that scramble a range of influences: ‘60s flower pop, ‘70s easy listening, ‘80s New Wave, ‘90s alt-radio, ’00s indie rock.

He grew up in a family heavily involved in local musical theater, even appearing in three productions of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He played in high school bands, but didn’t get serious about writing and recording until he enrolled at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana. His first efforts — recorded in his dorm room — weren’t intended for any kind of audience, but a friend asked him to record a few tracks for a class project. Eventually those sessions became 2015’s Magnolia EP, a short collection of gentle, gauzy songs that reveal his early obsession with one of his first musical heroes, Vashti Bunyan.

Keep up with Hoops and Kevin Krauter on their artist pages for shows, dates, and news.

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