Hookworms share “Radio Tokyo” video; announce new UK / US live dates

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. Watch the video HERE.

“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.  You can buy The Hum via iTunes HERE and Weird World HERE.

See Hookworms live in the UK at:

Saturday 6th December       Cluny 2                                                  Newcastle

Saturday 28th February      Stereo                                                     Glasgow

Sunday 1st March                                Sound Control                                      Manchester

Saturday 21st March           Oval Space                                           London

Sunday 22nd March             Rescue Rooms                                     Nottingham


And in the US:

Saturday 4th April                The Constellation Room                    Santa Ana, CA*

Sunday 5th April                   The Echo for Part Time Punks          Los Angeles, CA*

Monday 6th April                The Rickshaw Stop                             San Francisco, CA*

Wednesday 8th April            Sunset Tavern                                      Seattle, WA*

Friday 10th April                   The Empty Bottle                                Chicago, IL

Saturday 11th April              UFO Factory                                         Detroit, MI

Sunday the 12th April          The Silver Dollar                  Toronto, ON

Monday the 13th April        Casa del Popolo                                   Montreal, QC

Wednesday 15th April         Underground Arts – Black Box         Philadelphia, PA

Thursday the 16th April       DC9                                                        Washington, DC

Friday 17th April                   Rough Trade                                        Brooklyn, NY

Saturday 18th April              Palisades                                               Brooklyn, NY

*w/ Disappears

“Hookworms have cut one of the best rock’n’roll albums of 2014” 4/5 MOJO

“The band’s evolution is fascinating to behold, especially as they continue to leave such splendidly exciting albums in their wake” 8/10 Uncut

“Like every important cult band in history, they’ve divorced themselves from mainstream trends and in the process created their own strange and intoxicating universe.” 4/5 Q

“The Hum is tougher, richer and more dynamic, throwing Hookworms forward in spectacularly assured fashion” 9/10 NME ‘Album of the Week’

Christmas has come early for psyche, freakbeat and space-rock aficionados4/5 The Guardian

Close to perfection” 5/5The Times

“Phenomenally exciting, white hot music” 9/10 Loud & Quiet ‘Album of the Week’