10 Pool Valley
Hookworms debut LP, Pearl Mystic was a nearly permanent fixture in album of the year lists for 2013, managing to top Drowned In Sound, Loud and Quiet and Brooklyn Vegan’s polls. Deservedly so, the album managed to take influence from psych-rock and shoegaze aiming for the sort of area shared by both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, far more accurately than say, The Horrors on Primary Colours (too My Bloody Valentine) or Wooden Shjips (too Neu!) and present it in a way that sounds at least contemporary if not futuristic.
That synopsis could lead you to the belief that Hookworms appeared from nowhere like some “BBC Sound of” hype band. They didn’t and they’re not. Ploughing the same D.I.Y. furrow as fellow Leeds dwellers and 2014 success stories Eagulls, they toured and released plenty prior to their critically acclaimed debut. Singles, split albums and live releases galore were augmented by 2011’s heavier and moodier self-titled cassette tape which was released on L.A based psychonaut Sun Araw’s, Sun Ark Recordings and later picked up by Brighton’s own Faux Discx imprint.
No strangers to Brighton, the band’s heavy touring schedule has seen them rack up a number of live performances in the city, most notably a scene stealing support slot with The Men in 2012 and an ear breakingly lose-your-mind-brilliant headline show in 2013. So far in their career, they haven’t been a band to stay still for very long and so we would expect some tracks to be aired from their as yet unnamed new album scheduled for release later this year.
In a similar way as Hookworms were broken to the wider public courtesy of a 10/10 review on the Drowned In Sound web site, openers The Soft Walls have just has their profile expanded greatly by a deserved 9/10 on the same site for second album No Time. Initially the solo project of Cold Pumas Dan Reeves, they have improving as a full band since debuting in 2013 to the point they are now one of the finest live acts the city has to offer. The filling in this enticing sandwich will be Virginia Wing.