There is Hookworms live and then there is Hookworms on record. As the flood of acclaim around their second album The Hum testifies, both are equally thrilling sides of one coin. The Leeds five-piece mix power with finesse in the studio, each revolution of their visceral protopunk-wired repetition rock an exercise in nuance versus tumult. Onstage, though, they induce a form of sensory overload that brands black onto the brain. Directed by Sam Wiehl, their new video for ‘Radio Tokyo’ captures the audio and visual intensity of the band, glottal stabs of light punctuating the darkness they shroud themselves in while performing.
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“The idea was to use multiple projectors to hit a series of transparent screens to create an installation that the band played within, and visually capture the energy of the track,” says Wiehl of the session. It’s the first time across their two albums that Hookworms have appeared in one of their own music videos; “making it made me feel kind of ill” quips vocalist MJ, “but I’m really happy how it turned out. Sam’s projections are beautiful.” In addition to the new clip, the band have also announced a slew of live dates, including October’s two re-scheduled shows, their largest headline slots yet in the UK, as well as a trip to the US for their first proper run of shows there.
It is ‘Radio Tokyo’ that in-part was the catalyst for The Hum. Written even before the release of the group’s shell-shock debut LP Pearl Mystic, it initially came to light in the summer of 2013, it’s short, sharp undeniably pop-like structure a revelation for the group amidst the deep grooves and blurring textures that had hitherto characterised them. “We got so excited playing that track live,” recalls bassist MB. “It made people move and that was something we wanted more of. It made us want to do something more beat-driven.” The new version recorded for the album doesn’t change much – that addictive Detroit-inspired chug remains the focal point – but like Hookworms themselves, it feels bolder, stronger and thunders with the intent of a band for whom The Hum has fast become a mighty roar.
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