Starting with a foot stopping beat, Hoofa’s new single ‘Water Balloons’ means business. And when we say business, we mean a good old fashioned water fight.
Speaking on the single, the band explains,
“‘Water Balloons’ depicts a big Water Balloon fight James was involved in when a kid. James lived at the bottom of a hill next to a park and the street he lived on had between 15-20 families of 2 kids each, and there was one summer when everyone was involved “even the parents sometimes.
“The fight was the top of the hill vs bottom of the hill, and lasted hours. It was a rare fight where no one used the super soakers but was more about strategy, jumping over fences and catching people off guard. As some kids couldn’t get permission to use their parents water tap, the common shout was “I’ll bring the water balloons” if you let someone use your tap to fill up.”
The second release of six new self-produced and self-released singles out this year, ‘Water Balloons’ follows on from ‘Alone’, which has reached over 12,000 streams to date, as well as support from an array of tastemakers including BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Clash, Little Indie Blogs, Going Solo, The Most Radicalist, CLOUT and When The Horn Blows.
It’s a milestone for a duo that is DIY to its core – planning and executing everything from release strategy, creative writing, home studio improvements, and management. After meeting at a converted underground toilet in Camden, indie ambi-pop duo Hoofa has gone on to perform their vocal-driven and incredibly upbeat songs to sold-out shows across the UK – including support slots with MiG 15, Nature TV and NOVACUB, and festivals such as The Great Escape in Brighton and Fringe at Tramlines in Sheffield.
The band offers a contemporary twist on jangly pop, whilst taking influences from nostalgic songwriting bands such as PEACE, The Beautiful South and Little Comets.
Having already worked with esteemed producer, Tom McFall (Editors, Snow Patrol) and mastering engineer Robin Schmidt (The 1975, The Courteeners) on previous releases, the band decided to reach out to Ed Heaton (Marsicans) and Barry Grint (Everything Everything, Foals) to mix and master the new single, respectively.