Written for the Press Association music column, published on the Plymouth Herald and other sites.
When The Hoosiers burst on to the music scene in 2007, the trio’s brand of upbeat poppy rock was in its heyday, scoring the Berkshire band two top 10 hits for Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A. Since then, they’ve never quite achieved the same success. To give them credit, The Hoosiers certainly have persevered, churning out three studio albums with intermittently successful singles. The Hoosiers’ latest release, The Secret Service, is the band’s latest attempt to claw their way back into relevance in 2015. Without a doubt, the best tracks here are those in which they stick to what they know: upbeat alternative rock. Wearing Down The Carpet, Pristine and lead single, The Wheels Fell Off, capture the same fun, lively feel that featured so heavily in the first two albums. This time The Hoosiers also try their hand at love songs, in the form of acoustic ballad of longing (Don’t Make) Eye Contact and melancholy break up melody, Dancers In The Dark. However, The Most Peculiar Day Of Your Life leaves a lot to be lyrically desired, while much of the rest of The Secret Service can only be described as filler tracks, lacking bite and easily forgotten.