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TGt Meets... The Hoosiers

Ahead of their performance at Lechlade Music Festival, we spoke to The Hoosiers - an English-American pop rock band - about their music and what you can expect from them at the festival...

How would you describe your music?

There are simply no words to describe it – other than the following; Lyrically Quirky, Upbeat pop singles, countered by a tonic of darker album tracks. We called it odd-pop, for some reason.

What can festival-goers expect from your live show?

We will play our tiny little hearts out. Irwin will sing until he can no longer and we will try our damnedest to keep in time and key. We've been doing this for a while now – so we try and do something to surprise each other on stage. Keep it interesting.

What are the main differences between playing festivals and regular gigs?

For us – directly, festivals mean no soundcheck… which means two things – one, we have time to go to the cinema in the afternoon, and/but two, we have to pray that the gods of sound control and instrument set-up have done their jobs – which they always have.

They are also an opportunity to play to people who haven’t seen us before. Which is a nice challenge.

Who have been your biggest musical influences?

Bobby Brown, Guns and Roses and any band featuring the adjective Super.

What have been your fondest memories from one of your shows?

I will never forget playing Isle of White Festival – rammed out on a sunny day and it was our Bass players’ birthday.

Are you going to be exploring much of the local area when you’re in Lechlade for the festival?

Yeah – do you have an Odeon?

To survive a music festival, what are your three essentials you need in your luggage?

Ear defenders, wellington boots (preferably beef wellington) and a hotel room.

What’s next for the band?

This year is our 10 year anniversary. So we are hitting the road for a celebration in October. Possibly backed by an Album/EP; Then some more gigging. Loving it.

If you could pick one highlight from your career so far, what would it be?

I still think getting signed was the most weighty achievement. Ask any young band what they are aiming at and it's a record deal. Beyond that – ticking off Glastonbury, sandwiched between Ben Folds and Vampire Weekend felt pretty awesome.

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