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 Neo-psychedelia, space rock, noise rock, drone 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[3] Drift Records) placed Pearl Mystic in their top ten releases of 2013, with the record also appearing in Time Out,[11] NME,[12] and The Guardian's[13] 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.[14] The band are composed of JN, JW, MB, MJ and SS. They produce through MJ's own Suburban Home Studio in Leeds[15] 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,[16] 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.[17][18]


Full Lengths[edit]


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. ^ a b "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. ^ "The 40 best albums of 2013". Time Out. Retrieved 10 January 2014.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  12. ^ "Greatest album of 2013". NME. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Guardian's 40 Best Albums of 2013". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Lester, Paul. "Temples, Hookworms and the new generation of psychedelic adventurers". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Radar Band 124". NME. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Lester, Paul. "New Band of the Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Radar Band of the Week". NME. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Singles of the Week". Metro, UK. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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