Hookworms (band)

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This article is about the musical act. For the parasitic nematode, see Hookworm.
Hookworms band logo 2011.jpg
Background information
Origin Leeds, England
Genres Psychedelic Rock, Noise Rock
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Weird World / Domino Recording Company (Link)
Gringo Records (Link)
Faux Discx
Too Pure
Associated acts Menace Beach, Cowtown, Nope, Wonderswan
Website parasiticnematode.blogspot.co.uk
Members JN
Past members EG

Hookworms are a five-piece psychedelic/noise rock band from Leeds/Halifax, England.


Hookworms released their first tape cassette EP on Sun Araw's Sun Ark/Magic Lantern label in August 2011,[1] and known in underground alternative music for their live shows[2] the band released live tapes (including a CD release of their WFMU live session) and several releases through Gringo Records. In 2013 Hookworms signed to Domino imprint Weird World; they also joined the Too Pure roster with their single Radio Tokyo.

Hookworm's 2013 LP Pearl Mystic was highly reviewed.[3] It was named Loud and Quiet,[4][5] BrooklynVegan[6] and Drowned In Sound's No. 1 album of 2013.[7][8] The Skinny,[9] Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal,[10] and several major UK record stores (Norman Records, Music Exchange, Rise, Piccadilly Records, Sister Ray Records, Resident Records and[11] Drift Records) placed Pearl Mystic in their top ten releases of 2013, with the record also appearing in Time Out,[12] NME,[13] and The Guardian's[14] top rated records of that year.

Hookworms have been categorised with a neo-psychedelic rock which experienced growing popularity from 2010, along with bands such as Tame Impala, Wooden Shjips and Goat.[15] The band are composed of JN, JW, MB, MJ and SS. They produce through MJ's own Suburban Home Studio in Leeds[16] which has seen Drenge, Pulled Apart By Horses, Mazes and That Fucking Tank. All related art is done through JW's Idiot's Pasture. Fans of Hookworms include Bobby Gillespie, Julian Cope,[17] who described their 2011 EP as "an epic 26 minutes of sub-Zabriskie Point ambient road-movie heat haze-on-the-road sonic wipeout of the post-Loop variety," and Charlotte Church.[18][19]


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Live Releases / Compilation Appearances / Remixes[edit]

  • "Starting Line": Runners Remix - Dummy Mag, 12" single/MP3 (2011)
  • Live Vol. 1 - Self Release, Cassette/MP3 (2012)
  • Spur: Volume One Compilation, w/ "Deu" - Magnetic Tapes, Cassette (2012)
  • Live Vol. 2: WFMU session - Cardinal Fuzz, CD & DVD (2012)
  • "Bodies": Mazes Remix - Fat Cat Records, Cassette/MP3 (2012)
  • "Run To Your Mama": MJ Goat Remix - Rocket Recordings Record Store Day Release, 12"/CD (2012)
  • Psych For Sore Eyes EP Compilation, w/ "The Correspondent" - Sonic Cathedral, 7" (2013)
  • Live Vol. 3 - Domino Records, Rough Trade exclusive "The Hum" bonus CD (2014)


  1. ^ Freeman, John. "Nematode Noise: An Interview With Hookworms". The Quietus. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Graham, Ben. "Pearl Mystic: Review". The Quietus. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Critics pick the best albums of 2013". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Dylan Ray, Daniel. "Issue 55: A Humble Evolution". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Albums of the year 2013". Loud and Quiet. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Our Favourite Albums of 2013". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Gourlay, Dom. "Drowned In Sound's Favourite Albums of 2013". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Gourlay, Dom. "Peal Mystic review". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Catling, Simon Jay. "Top 10 Albums of the Year". The Skinny. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Fusilli, Jim. "Big Names Floundered While Indies Triumphed". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Critics pick the best albums of 2013". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "The 40 best albums of 2013". Time Out. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  13. ^ "Greatest album of 2013". NME. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2013". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Lester, Paul. "Temples, Hookworms and the new generation of psychedelic adventurers". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Radar Band 124". NME. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Lester, Paul. "New Band of the Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Radar Band of the Week". NME. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "Singles of the Week". Metro, UK. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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