Hookworms have announced their first new work in over three years after unveiling plans to release their new record Microshift in February via Domino Recordings.
The Leeds band have given fans a teaser of their new album by sharing brand spanking new track ‘Negative Space’, which you can listen to below.
The album marks a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting and production, whilst still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases which have quietly made them one of the UK’s most revered young bands.
This is the band’s third studio album technically but arguably the first in which the studio has been central to its creation. Pearl Mystic and second LP, The Hum were heavily informed by the band’s live sound, Microshift on the other hand came to life in the studio, formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines, homemade samples etc. which were jammed around and layered until the songs began to emerge.
The record was written and recorded in full following a complete rebuild of the band’s Suburban Home Studio after the River Aire floods in Leeds in the winter of 2015 which devastated the studio. The band had an incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through the toughness, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness.
The track-listing for Mindshift is:
The Soft Season
Each Time We Pass
Hookworms tour dates can be seen below:
Friday 24th November – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club
Sunday 3rd December – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Friday 23rd February – Liverpool – Invisible Wind Factory
Saturday 24th February – Brighton – Patterns
Sunday 4th March – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Sunday 18th March – Newcastle – The Cluny
Saturday 24th March – London – Electric Brixton
Sunday 25th March – Sheffield – Picture House Social