HOOKWORMS- MICROSHIFT

The advent of using synths in Indie Rock is nothing new, its popularity seemed to rise in conjunction with skinny jeans and I often wonder if there’s a correlation between the amount of bands like Everything Everything and Friendly Fires who howl their lyrics and the ‘close crotch’ of tight jeans.

With that in mind, enter: Hookworms. I don’t know if they wear tight jeans but they do have synths and shreiky vocals in abundance. Both of which, when used sporadically can be effective and appropriate but, when used too much, can be annoying. Getting the balance right is something which Hookworms have largely done well.

The opening track, Negative Space, asks ‘how long’s forever?’ in a suitably angst ridden tone but yet the music around it is full of positivity. But there’s no denying its catchiness and I can’t help but like it. However, for me, there’s a creeping sense in tracks such as Static Resistance where the music is perky and the lyrics are morose, that it’s a little disingenuous or at the very least incongruous.

Obviously incongruity can provide bittersweet love songs and it is a welcome antidote to bread and butter heartbreak songs but, at times, it can also seem a little…. vacuous. However doubts about Hookworms integrity are dispelled with Boxing Day a two minute whirl of all the elements which make up Hookworms sound, shaken up a bit. It’s less neat than their other songs and therefore a lot more emotive.

The moments in Microshift where they don’t over egg the synth pudding, to make neat catchy tracks are my favourite moments it’s when they sound most unique and different from their tight jean counterparts.

Release Date 2nd February 2018 (Domino Records)

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When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.