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The Hoosiers Biography

The Hoosiers are an English pop rock band formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The band consists of members Irwin Sparkes and Alan Sharland.Biography The Hoosiers performing at Live Fest in July 2011 When the band was formed in Indianapolis in 2003, Alan "Alphonso" Raymond Sharland (drummer) and Irwin Nathaniel Sparkes (lead singer and guitarist) spent some time in the United States, encouraged by their chemistry teacher (Grant Serpell, who was part of the band Sailor during their fame in the 1970s), in an attempt to broaden their horizons. The pair won themselves a football scholarship at the University of Indianapolis, despite a reputed claim to be "allergic to running" (a clai...
The Hoosiers are an English pop rock band formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. The band consists of members Irwin Sparkes and Alan Sharland.

Biography

The Hoosiers performing at Live Fest in July 2011

When the band was formed in Indianapolis in 2003, Alan "Alphonso" Raymond Sharland (drummer) and Irwin Nathaniel Sparkes (lead singer and guitarist) spent some time in the United States, encouraged by their chemistry teacher (Grant Serpell, who was part of the band Sailor during their fame in the 1970s), in an attempt to broaden their horizons. The pair won themselves a football scholarship at the University of Indianapolis, despite a reputed claim to be "allergic to running" (a claim which is backed up by lead singer Sparkes' asthma).

Their time spent in Indiana inspired the band's name, as a citizen of Indiana is colloquially called a Hoosier. Having gathered enough material to compile an album, Al and Irwin returned to London, where they met Swiss keyboard player and sound engineer Duri Darms and Martin Skarendahl, a Swedish ex-fireman who was then working with Darms as a recording studio engineer and studying at The London Music School.[citation needed] The original group included two band members (Tony Byrne and Tom Easey) who had left by this point, leaving Sparkes and Sharland to replace them with Skarendahl.

This newly revamped trio of Sparkes, Skarendahl, and Sharland subsequently signed to RCA and released their first album The Trick to Life on 22 October 2007. The band have spoken of their desire to write songs that are about more than just "boy and girl... finding love on a Friday night on the lash with your mates". In February 2008, they were named as Worst Band at the annual NME awards. They were produced by ex-member of Jamiroquai, Toby Smith, until his death in 2017, and managed by Steve Morton.

The band's second single, "Goodbye Mr A", appeared in the football video game FIFA 08, and the game can also be seen in the "Goodbye Mr A" music video. Following the release of "Worst Case Scenario", the next release from The Trick to Life was "Cops and Robbers".

For their second album, The Illusion of Safety, several changes were made, including a more synthesised sound and the drummer 'Alphonso' returning to his given name Alan. The Illusion of Safety gave the first single "Choices" and includes the song "Unlikely Hero", for which a video was filmed in a quarry in Derbyshire. The latter was due to be a single until it was announced that this was not the case on 14 October 2010.

Crab Race

On 17 September 2013, the Hoosiers sent an email out to their fans announcing the planned release of their new album The News from Nowhere. The news was accompanied by the release of the first single from this album, "Somewhere in the Distance", a few weeks later. The band asked fans to pre-order the album. They also gave fans the chance to appear in their "Somewhere in the Distance" video and visit the recording studio.

We're not a big record label with lots of money, though, so need to pay for the recording, manufacturing, adverts, videos, touring, promotion – all the stuff a label usually does – ourselves.

The album was released on 14 April 2014 under the record label 'Crab Race' and was made available on iTunes, Google Play, as well as streaming services such as Spotify. Shortly after the release of the album the band embarked on a UK wide tour in the summer of 2014. This tour would be their last with founding bassist Martin Skarendahl who left the band amicably to pursue new projects.

After the departure of Skarendahl, the band began work on their fourth studio album titled The Secret Service. Like News from Nowhere, the band asked fans to pre-order the album and offered a similar incentive system to help with the production of new music. On 9 October 2015, the album was released, preceded by the EPs The Wheels Fell Off and Up to No Good. The band followed up the album with two live albums; one with recordings taken from a performance at the London Islington Academy from the 'Tour from Nowhere' in May 2014, and the other was titled Acoustic Songs in a Church which included 12 tracks from across the band's four albums to date, each song recorded in one take on a single day in February 2014. As both albums were recorded in 2014 before Martin's departure, they are the last albums to feature the full line-up of the Hoosiers to date.

After finishing their tour in 2016, it was announced that Swallow would be leaving the band.

"Route 66"

In 2021 The Hoosiers teamed up with former Britain's Got Talent contestants and YouTubers Woody & Kleiny, to record a tie-in record to the Euro 2020 Football Championship called "Route 66". Based on an old song called "PC Wilson", the football song is a charity record with proceeds from the single going to the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), while the video features appearances from Naughty Boy, The Wealdstone Raider and indie band Two Weeks in Nashville. "Route 66" charted on the Official Singles Sales Chart Top 100 at number one on the 18 June 2021, beating Will Mellor's charity cover of "Vindaloo" (recorded as Together For England with celebrities like Keith Lemon, Danny Dyer and Paddy McGuinness) which charted at number three, however neither record made the streaming chart or the Official UK Top 40.

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The Hoosiers Discography

  • 2008AlbumThe Trick to Life
  • 2013SingleSomewhere In the Distance
  • 2014AlbumBumpy Ride EP
  • 2014AlbumThe Illusion of Safety
  • 2014AlbumThe News From Nowhere
  • 2015AlbumThe Secret Service
  • 2015EPThe Wheels Fell Off
  • 2015EPUp To No Good
  • 2016AlbumAcoustic Songs In a Church
  • 2016AlbumLive In London
  • 2017AlbumThe Trick to Life (10th Anniversary Edition)
  • 2019AlbumGreatest Hit(s)
  • 2021SingleRoute 66
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