The Hoosiers

Formed 2003.
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The Hoosiers join Greg for a very special Feet Up Friday and take requests from the listeners including David Bowie's Let's Dance and Empire Of The Sun's Walking On A Dream.

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The Hoosiers are an English pop/rock band from Reading. They consist of members: Irwin Sparkes (lead vocals, lead guitar), Martin Skarendahl (bass guitar, rhythm guitar), Sam Swallow (keyboard, backing vocals) and Alfonso Sharland (drums, percussion).

Their first single "Worried About Ray" reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2007. In October 2007, they released their debut album The Trick to Life, which reached number 1 in the album charts.

The band released their second top ten album The Illusion of Safety on 16 August 2010 and was preceded by the lead single "Choices" which was released on 1 August 2010, it reached the UK Top 20.

In October 2013, they unveiled a preview of their forthcoming new single Somewhere In The Distance exclusively on entertainment news website Digital Spy. It began receiving airplay on the radio shortly afterwards including on 106.9FM WHCR.

The song serves as the lead single to their third studio album ' 'The News from Nowhere, which follows on 14 April 2014. Fans who pre-order the LP from their official website now will be sent the record a week ahead of its official release as a thank you for paying in advance and now have created the news from nowhere out now. "What this does is allows us to create an album that we totally control, and will sound like what we want it to sound like, and we can release it on our own record label and control our musical destinies," the band said in a statement.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Illusion of Safety

    The Illusion of Safety 2010

    Reviewed by Johnny Sharp
    Fashion-resistant Anglo-Swedish trio serve up more radio-friendly, feel-good pop.
  2. Review of Trick To Life

    Trick To Life 2007

    Reviewed by Sonja D'Cruze
    A somewhat underwhelming start to this band's career...
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