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The Hoosiers are a band originally from Reading, England. They currently have two members: Irwin Sparkes and Alan "Alphonso" Sharland. Martin Skarendahl was a member from the band's founding until an amicable split in 2015. Originally founded in 2007, when they released their first album, The Trick to Life. Three years later, they released The Illusion of Safety. And now they've released a new album The News From Nowhere

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This band provides examples of these tropes:

  • Break-Up Song: "Run Rabbit Run" is about someone who meets someone (the "fox") they think would be nice to them but turned out to be malicious. The protagonist is telling the other person (the "rabbit") to leave them and run away.
  • Darker and Edgier: One of their songs on their album will be darker than the other: "Killer" and "Little Brutes", respectively.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: "A Sadness Runs Through Him" is about a man who chronically does this.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: "Goodbye Mr. A" features The Hoosiers as a team of up-and-coming superheroes that had captured veteran superhero Mr. A and tied him to a rocket that they fire into space, replacing him as the city's new Super Team. The lyrics of the song muddy the waters on whether this is a bad thing or not.
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  • Harmony Versus Discipline: Their song "Goodbye Mr. A".
  • Murder Ballad:
    • "Killer" is from the point of view of a murderer attempting to kill someone.
    • Possibly "Cops And Robbers". Its lyrics are just ominous enough to either be about killing people or be metaphorical.
  • Non-Indicative Name: They originate from England, not, as their name would suggest, Indiana. However, Sparkes and Sharland did spend time as students at the University of Indianapolis, and wrote many of the tracks on their first album while there.
  • Villain Protagonist: "Killer" has one, a serial killer.

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