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The Hoot Hoots

The Hoot Hoots

The Hoot Hoots


-On Band in Seattle. They are available to stream on all Alaska Airlines flights right now. Full Hoot Hoots episode:

-2-10 day tours playing in Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Spokane, and several more places in June and October, including a show at Merchant Street Music Festival near their hometown in Kankakee, IL.

-Played Timber Music fest which also featured the Dead Milkmen, Beat Connection, La Luz and many others.

-Played a Seattle Secret Show on a private ferry boat, and opened for Rubblebucket.

-Just got done booking and organizing the 3rd year of Big Ass Boombox, a loud pop showcase of locals, which happens at the beginning of January.

-We’re currently in the studio working on either an EP or an album.

Past & Bio:
-KEXP Song of the Day ‘Go For A Walk’
-Indie Rock Cafe – Top 5 DIY Bands To Watch
-KEXP Music that Matters Podcasts Volume 336 and 291
-Seattle Met Magazine Album of the Month for ‘Feel The Cosmos’
-Deli Magazine Band of the Month

Seattle power pop quartet The Hoot Hoots are irresistible party starters. Their pop songs are powered by fuzzy guitars, fuzzier keyboards, and headhum-inducing hooks, and all these combine in a glorious, slightly insane energy in both their live shows and in their newest EP, Feel the Cosmos.

Seattle Weekly has compared them favorably to the Shins, the Deli Seattle Magazine has praised them for their “flashy, out-of-control pop sensibilities,” and Seattle radio 90.3 KEXP named their song “Go For a Walk” their Song of the Day, calling it a “briliant pop tune and nothing you should skip out on”. Think vintage Flaming Lips with a splash of NES and a dash of the Unicorns, and you get the idea.

Lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Prairie grew up with his brother/drummer Chris in the middle of Midwestern corn fields in Clifton, IL. The two played whiffle ball and Nintendo, watched the original Star Wars trilogy obsessively, and learned to play guitars and Casio keyboards in the bedroom they shared for most of their formative years. They wrote a few songs in high school, but they mostly tinkered with sounds until Adam left home to study at Knox College in western Illinois followed by Chris a few years later.

“The Hoot Hoots really took shape at the end of my stay at Knox,” Adam said. “Chris and I wrote and performed music for a psychedelic 60’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and we were kind of overwhelmed how much people were into it. That was the first time we both thought, ‘Maybe we should give this band thing a shot.’ ” At Knox, the Prairie brothers first met keyboardist Christina Ellis and bassist Geoff Brown, but the current Hoot Hoot foursome never played a note together until they all reunited in Seattle late in 2008.

Then came another LP, Appetite for Distraction, inspired this praise from Seattle Weekly: “While the group’s fun-loving, reverential spirit keeps them orbiting their influences, their high-energy songbook, full of stories about ghosts and robots and brain eating dinosaurs, captures the essence of goof-pop with upbeat, irrepressible glee.” The lead track from Appetite for Distraction, Mr. Ghost, was also included on KEXP’s Music That Matters Podcast shortly after the album was released.

Their follow up EP, Feel the Cosmos, introduced a whole new audience to the Hoot Hoots and brought more glowing praise. Seattle Metropolitan Magazine named it their album of the month in December 2012, saying it was a “fun-loving and energetic brand of power pop suited for sing-alongs.”Following the EP’s release, Indie Rock Cafe named the Hoot Hoots one of their 5 DIY Band to Watch in 2013.

They’ve also relentlessly hit the road the last couple years, making stops in the Midwest, Southwest, Texas, West Coast, all over the Pacific Northwest, and SXSW in 2015. Right now, their third, and newly-released album, Colorpunch is poised to get a spring promo/radio/tour push in 2015.