Hookworms – roll up for your LCD fix and more


Long time since I’ve been as taken with an album as the new Hookworms album. As a local band, I’ve kept an eye on them for a long time (they’re FEROCIOUS live), and have enjoyed their heavy Krautrock workouts, but I wouldn’t say that either of their first albums have stayed with me that much.

All that has changed with the new album, Microshift. It’s a complete reinvention of everything they’ve done – suddenly full of wide open spaces, electronics and dance rhythms and MJ’s voice – which you suddenly realise is actually brilliant. I have been playing it to DEATH for the last week.

Bearing in mind this blog’s collective love for LCD, Hot Chip et al, I’d be absolutely astonished if there wasn’t a fair bit of love for this. I urge you to listen to the whole album in one go. It’s still an indie record, sure, but it has its eye on so much more than that.

I also love the way they’re using their sound to really dig at real stuff. This is about depression and the death of a friend and other disaster – and finding a way out of the other side. It’s compelling and really life-affirming. Again, James Murphy would be proud.

This is an absolute contender for album of the year for me, and yup, it’s only Feb.

7 comments

  1. misterstory

    Never heard of them before – are they Leeds based? I had a listen yesterday in sub-optimal circumstances, children running around slipping on floors and denting heads etc but I like what I heard. It really reminded me of some late naughties stuff like Passion Pit which I am a big fan of. Will keep listening, thanks for sharing. We have a lot to listen to this month.

  2. thefortnightlyplaylist

    I’ve liked it so far, but haven’t spent the time on it that it sounds like you have. Definitely seems worth giving a good several more plays. I included “Static Resistance” this week as well. Thanks for posting!

  3. whyohwhyohwhy

    Interesting. I’d be up for this being AOTM. I’ve only been aware of them in passing, but this sounds good. I think the vocals are very much like the Rapture, which is no bad thing at all. I will investigate.

  4. David Allison

    I know what you mean, Joey. I love that I can hear their Britishness. Their Northernness even. I feel like they’re taking dance-psych and DOING something with it, making it mean something new. That sounded a bit Pseud’s Corner, didn’t it? Ah well. I know what I meant.

    Happy to do this as a proper AOTM if you guys fancy it. I think it’s a major work, I really do.

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