Cancel your plans. Because some of the best and brightest new bands are descending on Hackney this Saturday for the all-day Mirrors festival.

Over the past few weeks we’ve tracked down fellow Mirrors artists such as Liv Dawson  and band Swimming Tapes to figure out what makes them tick. And in the final homestretch before the festival, we’ve landed the most intriguing on them all – Hoops, the four-piece rockers hailing from Bloomington, Indiana.

The band had an unlikely beginning as a solo ambient project for frontman Drew Auscherman, before morphing into a quartet in 2014. Think breezy afternoons and sticky summer nights and you are getting close to the visceral appeal of Hoops’ joyous and fuzzy lo-fi sound. Signing to Fat Possum this summer they quickly dropped a tasty little slice of rock gold with their self-titled five-song debut EP.

After wrapping up a support tour with Whitney in the States (don’t believe the piss-taking below… they’re mates) and a string of shows that included an opening slot with Porches at the Pitchfork music festival in Chicago, they arrive in London with the wind at their backs.

Named after the polytunnel houses that are used in greenhouses to grow fruit, the band’s sound revolves around the singing and guitar work of Drew, with Kevin Krauter (vocals/bass), Keagan Beresford (vocals/guitar) and James Harris (drums) providing spiritual, melodic and rhythmic support, respectively.

We asked Drew some of our deliciously insightful questions. And his answers don’t disappoint, with nods to the American fast food palace of roast beef – Arby’s – as well as telecom-friendly aliens and the legendary Blue Oyster Cult. See you at Mirrors.

My favourite film ever is…
ET

The most famous person I’ve met is…
Print Chouteau from Whitney

The song I hate the most is…
The Falls by Whitney

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
Arby’s

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Blue Oyster Cult

My favourite word is…
Treasure

If I had a super power I’d want it to be…
Complete body temperature regulation

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Electric Forest

I think you should listen to…
John Maus

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
The Lemon Twigs


Hoops play Mirrors Festival on October 29th.