Hookworms (band)

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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 Cowtown, Menace Beach, Nope, Wonderswan, XAM Duo
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] They are known for their live shows.[2] They have released live recordings (including a CD release of their WFMU live session) and several other releases through Gringo Records. In 2013 Hookworms signed with the Domino imprint Weird World; they also joined the Too Pure roster with their single "Radio Tokyo."

Hookworm's 2013 LP Pearl Mystic was widely praised.[3] It was named the number 1 album of 2013 by Loud and Quiet,[4][5] BrooklynVegan,[6] and Drowned in Sound.[7][8] Their second LP The Hum also received positive critical reviews.

The band is composed of JN, JW, MB, MJ and SS. They produce through MJ's own Suburban Home Studio in Leeds[9]. All related art is done through JW's Idiot's Pasture. Fans of Hookworms include Bobby Gillespie, Charlotte Church,[10][11] and Julian Cope,[12] 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."


Studio Albums[edit]

Full Lengths[edit]

  • Hookworms - Sun Ark/Magic Lantern, Cassette (2011)
  • Hookworms - Gringo Records/Faux Discx, 12" LP/MP3 (2011)


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. ^ "Radar Band 124". NME. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Radar Band of the Week". NME. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Singles of the Week". Metro, UK. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Lester, Paul. "New Band of the Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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