The Leeds, UK-based quintet Hookworms have developed a reputation for their thunderous live sets, opening for the likes of Wooden Shjips, Sun Araw and Peaking Lights. And they won over quite a few fans in their native England though the release of a number limited released singles and a self-titeld double EP, initially released on cassette tape and later on vinyl.
The band’s debut full-length Pearl Mystic will see a September 3rd release through Weird World Records stateside, and with the announcement of the release, the band released “Away/Towards,” as the first single from the album. The material on the album, including this single “Away/Towards” are heavily based on lead singer MJ’s own personal experiences – the bust up of a long-term relationship, a bout with depression, a “half-hearted suicide attempt” as he coins it, and more. And it fits a single that possesses a palpable anxious tension that creates an ominous sense of malice under the psychedelica. It bears comparisons to the Stone Roses, the Black Angels and more.