Their publicist brands the Seattle band as fuzzy power pop. I like to think of The Hoot Hoots as playing the kind of music you crank up loud while driving in sunroof-open-weather and sipping on a Full Tilt milkshake.
The quartet met while studying at Knox College in Illinois. The school’s theater department asked Adam Prairie (the band’s lead vocalist/guitarist) to score some Shakespeare and he took a look at the text and channeled his inner Beatles psychedelic rock.
Now the foursome lives in Wallingford, where they share a house and make music in a recording studio downstairs. Colorpunch is their latest self-released album and its songs express-lane-you to your oh-so-happy, happy place.
I caught up with the 32-year-old Prairie over coffee in Pioneer Square one recent day, when his life was unusually chill. The band has been busy, crisscrossing the state and about to play a Seattle showcase at SXSW later this month.