9 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The trick to being a great droning psychedelic group is to let it be. Hookworms—from Leeds, England—are masters of letting sound come to them. They capture the beauty of Krautrock’s motorik rhythms and shoegaze’s static overload, with the other musicians leaving it to singer MJ to let them know when it might be time to change chords. An organ recalling The Velvet Underground's “Sister Ray,” played by the multitasking MJ, finds the melody behind the droning “Away/Towards.” When “Form and Function” follows, it’s with a great bounce that feels like a reflex from the previous track. Hookworms' debut album, Pearl Mystic, isn’t afraid to stay in certain territories for overlong periods of time. When things do ease off, it’s often to slowly percolate and build to another catharsis (“Since We Had Changed”). Recorded entirely at MJ’s own Suburban Studios, Pearl Mystic is the sound of a band that's less about individuals (all members use initials) and more about the gestalt. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The trick to being a great droning psychedelic group is to let it be. Hookworms—from Leeds, England—are masters of letting sound come to them. They capture the beauty of Krautrock’s motorik rhythms and shoegaze’s static overload, with the other musicians leaving it to singer MJ to let them know when it might be time to change chords. An organ recalling The Velvet Underground's “Sister Ray,” played by the multitasking MJ, finds the melody behind the droning “Away/Towards.” When “Form and Function” follows, it’s with a great bounce that feels like a reflex from the previous track. Hookworms' debut album, Pearl Mystic, isn’t afraid to stay in certain territories for overlong periods of time. When things do ease off, it’s often to slowly percolate and build to another catharsis (“Since We Had Changed”). Recorded entirely at MJ’s own Suburban Studios, Pearl Mystic is the sound of a band that's less about individuals (all members use initials) and more about the gestalt. 

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About Hookworms

Droning and mysterious, English band Hookworms have a sound that pulls together some of the best elements of neo-psychedelia, Krautrock, and space rock, combining them into murky, mind-altering blasts of socially conscious noise rock. The Leeds-based band, whose members go only by their initials (MJ on vocals, keyboards and production, JW and SS on guitarist, MB on bass and drummer JN) to avoid putting themselves above their music, came together in 2009, and released their self-titled EP on Gringo Records two years later. Their first proper full-length release, Pearl Mystic, followed on the label in 2013. Domino off-shoot label Weird World picked up the album for distribution and also released their next record, The Hum, in late 2014. ~ Gregory Heaney

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