Formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, by Irwin Sparkes (lead singer and guitarist) and Alan Sharland (drummer) The Hoosiers were part of the wave of pop rock that took the early 2000s by storm alongside the likes of The All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol, Maroon 5, and All Time Low. They released their debut single ‘Worried About Ray’ in 2007 to great acclaim. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart with the subsequent debut album The Trick to Life reaching the pinnacle of the UK Album Charts. The band expanded with their second single ‘Goodbye Mr. A’ reaching number four in the UK Singles Chart as well as being featured on the FIFA 08 soundtrack.
The Hoosiers were more than just a flash in the pan with the release of their second album, The Illusion of Safety, in 2010. It proved a trial for the band with the pressure of fans and their own exacting standards leading to a sabbatical after its release. The album was well-received, breaking into the top 10 of the UK Albums Charts. Following this trying time The Hoosiers came back stronger than ever departing from their record label Sony to create their own label Crab Race. They crowdfunded their third album, The News from Nowhere, with pre-orders offering fans the opportunity to appear in the music video for ‘Somewhere in the Distance’. The Hoosiers’ creativity thrived under their own label stating; ‘Doing it on our own terms and actually having a proper say in it, felt wonderful. We had nothing to lose, but a lot to prove.’
This led to a purple patch in their career with their fourth album The Secret Service being released only a year later. The band seem determined to keep the crest of this wave going with sold out shows across the country. Their popular hits and wide-ranging pop-rock tunes resonate with audiences of all ages making them the ideal entertainment for corporate events and music festivals. A contemporary band, The Hoosiers are a uniquely placed band with a popular following and a place in the spotlight of the current music scene.
Ideal for events with young audience members, their music resonates with the youth as much as older fans.