Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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LPs pressed on heavy vinyl, sleeve printed on the reverse of board with screen printed insert. Comes with download code.

For a while now Leeds five-piece Hookworms have been terrorising headlining bands across northern England and beyond, not through histrionics or gimmick, but through sheer sonic velocity and emotive intent. Often bracketed among the latest wave of psychedelic rock currently appearing in pockets around the UK (as support slots with Wooden Shjips, Sun Araw and Peaking Lights attest), this tag is somewhat of a misnomer for a band whose use of repetition and reverb is not to open the third dimension or for some sort of flower-power escapism. Instead the reel feels cathartic, each fresh revolution of the loop a confrontation between the band and themes of depression, loss and anger - subjects close to the heart of the group's vocalist MJ ("no enigma; we just don't use our full names, we've no interest in being celebrities."?)

'Pearl Mystic' was recorded and produced in MJ's own Suburban Studios - where he's worked on records for Mazes, Eagulls and Spectrals among others - and he admits he enjoyed the greater freedom he could allow himself on his own project. The album is an absolutely thunderous statement of intent for Hookworms (MJ - vox/keys/analogues; JW - guitarist, SS - guitarist; MB - bass; JN - drums) after a portentous couple of years of live shows and limited releases (a debut self-titled EP on Sun Araw's Sun Ark label, a 7"? Gringo Records all sold out quickly). Whilst their live shows continued to increase in intensity, with impressive festival appearances at Beacons, Liverpool PsychFest and Supersonic cementing their reputation treading the boards. Live and on record, like Spaceman 3, they pointedly subvert the tripped out sound environments of psychedelia with a darkly malevolent punk menace; unlike J.Spaceman et al, there's no chemical assistance, these concepts and feelings come with clarity, and hit all the harder for it.

Indeed, the most impressive thing about Hookworms is that, through this torrent of emotion, through their wild motorik and their thick slabs of noise that threaten to spill over, there's always the sense that they're in control of it all, so committed are they to this catharsis that they refuse to throw any of it to chance. And so they shouldn't, because even at this early stage we think Pearl Mystic will be one of the albums of 2013.

1. Away / Towards
2. Form & Function
3. I
4. In Our Time
5. Since We Have Changed
6. Preservation
7. Ii
8. What We Talk About
9. Iii

Artist Hookworms
Filed Under Rock & Psych & Garage