Hookworms frontman says new album boasts a ‘greater sense of identity’

Producer and frontman MJ speaks about 'The Hum' ahead of November release

Hookworms‘ new album sees the band show a “stronger sense of identity” than on their 2013 Domino records debut, according to frontman and producer MJ.

The Leeds-based band will release ‘The Hum’ on November 10 and recently revealed new song ‘The Impasse’ from the album.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available on newsstands now and also digitally, MJ identifies the key difference between the new album and last year’s debut, ‘Pearl Mystic’. “There’s a strong sense of identity with Hookworms now which wasn’t necessarily there with the first record because we were still trying out ideas,” he says.

This is attributed to a lengthy period touring the first album. “We’ve played live a lot since then, and we’re a much better band. We’ve made a record that sounds like Hookworms rather than a disparate collection of influences, which is what I hear on the first one a bit.”

One similarity between ‘The Hum’ and ‘Pearl Mystic’ is MJ’s lyrics again, “trying to find a way of living your life while still dealing with these mental health problems you might have.” On this subject he reveals that, “a lot of people have written to me and said me talking about it has really helped them, which has been one of the nicest things to come out of it.”

To coincide with the release, the band will tour in October with an album launch show scheduled to take place at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on November 19.

Hookworms will play:

Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (October 25)
Sheffield, Queen’s Social Club (26)
Liverpool, The Kazimier (27)
London, Tufnell Park Dome (28)
Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach (29)
Bristol, Start The Bus (30)
Newcastle, The Cluny 2 (31)
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (November 19)

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