I think Leeds is on fire right now. Eagulls, Spectrals, Wet Nuns, Heart Ships…there are LOADS of great bands from there or thereabouts, and today's tip Hookworms should most definitely be added to that list.
I've waxed lyrical about Peaking Lights before, but I can't help but draw comparison to them and this fivepiece. This is no bad thing, and if you're in Manchester on December 10 I'd urge you to check them both out, on the same bill, at the Deaf Institute. Cool gig, that.
Anyway, back to Hookworms. One of them plays in Spectrals, but they sound nothing like the fragile output Louis Jones specialises in. They're all about eight-minute wig-outs, but there's a punkiness to their stuff that sets them apart from the sea of fellow psych-wannabees right now. Check out the gobbiness of the second track here, called 'Teen Dreams', for instance:
S/T by Hookworms
That above is their debut EP - out now jointly on Faux Discx and Gringo Records. On December 12 they play London's Madame JoJo's venue, alongside Brooklyn noise merchants The Men. Again, cool gig.