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  • Vinyl (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gringo Records
  • ASIN: B00B830OY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Away / Towards
2. Form And Function
3. I
4. In Our Time
5. Since We Had Changed
6. Preservation
7. II
8. What We Talk About
9. III

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For a while now Leeds five-piece Hookworms have been terrorising headlining bands across northern England and beyond, not through histrionics or gimmick, but through sheer sonic velocity and emotive intent. Often bracketed among the latest wave of psychedelic rock currently appearing in pockets around the UK (as support slots with Wooden Shjips, Sun Araw and Peaking Lights attest), this tag is somewhat of a misnomer for a band whose use of repetition and reverb is not to open the third dimension or for some sort of flower-power escapism. Instead the reel feels cathartic, each fresh revolution of the loop a confrontation between the band and themes of depression, loss and anger - subjects close to the heart of the group s vocalist MJ ( no enigma; we just don t use our full names, we ve no interest in being celebrities. ) Pearl Mystic is an absolutely thunderous statement of intent for Hookworms after a portentous couple of years of live shows and limited releases. Their live shows continued to increase in intensity, with impressive festival appearances at Beacons, Liverpool PsychFest and Supersonic cementing their reputation treading the boards. Live and on record, like Spaceman 3, they pointedly subvert the tripped out sound environments of psychedelia with a darkly malevolent punk menace; unlike J.Spaceman et al, there s no chemical assistance, these concepts and feelings come with clarity, and hit all the harder for it. The LP s themes focus on a deeply personal narrative surrounding a lost relationship and a battle with depression that at its worst brought about, as MJ, puts it a half-hearted suicide attempt . Thus songs like Away/Towards (a finer opening to an album you couldn t hope to hear) possess a gargantuan build-and-release infectious energy that juxtaposes with a subtext of a bi-polar approach to coping with loss. Preservation , too, is in keeping with the group s live shows, though deals with existentialism, whilst several Raymond Carver influences are scattered in and among the bold textures of sound. In Our Time is perhaps the closest thing to escapism on the LP, about a hill MJ would cycle up near Otley in Yorkshire after the end of his relationship, because it possessed his favourite view in the world. Since We Had Changed meanwhile is almost mantra-like in its constancy, new percussive elements joining those already on the record, whilst What We Talk About returns full circle to the first track s themes of depression, and emerges from mixed field recordings including a backwards taping of a Hare Krishna lecture played down the studio corridor. The record was recorded and produced in MJ s own Suburban Studios where he s worked on records for Mazes, Eagulls and Spectrals among others and he admits he enjoyed the greater freedom he could allow himself on his own project. Years of acclaimed production work have given him a great understanding for blending together the abilities of both man and machine. My vocal style, for instance, has been informed by the Roland Space Echo he points out. The delayed vocals originated as a comfort blanket for the low confidence I have in my voice, but I have since learnt to sing with the machine - I understand its limitations and breaking points. Certainly the production is lush, erring on the lo-fi side but contrasting that with a sense that every element has been pored over and deeply considered. Indeed, the most impressive thing about Hookworms is that, through this torrent of emotion, through their wild motorik and their thick slabs of noise that threaten to spill over, there s always the sense that they re in control of it all, so committed are they to this catharsis that they refuse to throw any of it to chance.

BBC Review

Leeds-based five-piece Hookworms have been tagged as part of a new psychedelic movement, alongside the likes of TOY. That they’ve toured with Wooden Shjips and Peaking Lights adds credence to the categorisation.

Even Julian Cope has been moved to blog about them: "Do not miss this shoegazing Skynyrd, brothers'n'sisters," he wrote on the Head Heritage website. And the arch-drude knows all about the far out.

Add to these appealing introductions the fact that Hookworm’s members go only by their initials – “We’ve no interest in being celebrities,” says vocalist MJ – and it seems the outfit might be ready to resurrect their hometown as a home of spooks and freak-outs.

Pearl Mystic initially evokes the likes of Loop, Dr. Phibes and the House of Wax Equations, and even Spacemen 3 – albeit if the latter were rather less substances-laced. But there’s a lyrical richness here, too.

It’s this aspect that ensures that Hookworms are not a band simply to tune into and drone out to. Proffered are musings on battling depression, explorations of existentialism, and the depths of personal loss are plumbed – all just beneath swirling arrangements.

Away / Towards builds stunningly, propelling its way motorik-ly towards nine minutes, laying out the Hookworms stall perfectly. There’s anger at play, with MJ releasing frustrations as the track works itself into a cosmic lather.

Form and Function is another blinder, descending into almost white noise as it approaches its climax. It subsequently afterglows into i, which in turn bleeds into the evolving, almost soothing In Our Time.

The mantra-like patterns of organ whirl beneath Since We Had Changed comprise a cleansing yet cathartic menace, atop which is deployed more noise. Preservation shifts from psychedelia into a punkier, screaming fury – just in case you’d become too cosy amongst the bong-passing vibes.

What We Talk About delivers Velvets-y tones, while ii is akin to the soundscaping of early Pink Floyd. These parallels, and more, convey the message that Pearl Mystic is an album that’s somewhat out of time.

Yet it’s also very much of the now, too – as previous acclaim for its makers goes to show. Hookworms could become something genuinely astonishing in a few albums’ time, and Pearl Mystic is a fine foundation indeed.

--Ian Wade

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr D M Bretnall on 25 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
The modern take on Hawkwind in all their glory (and not all of it was)? Whether they been influenced or not I don't really care. I just love the fact that they are brave and inventive enough to use technology to go far beyond the mainstream and bring more than a little magic back into music. Well done! It's a gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Soft on 29 Nov. 2014
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If you like your music on the psychedelic side, then the Hookworms first offering (i think), is just perfect. Think Spacemen 3 and Hawkwind both using a Roland space echo at the same time and you are half way there. The music is wonderfully dense and trippy. The vocal style takes a couple of listens to tune into but then makes perfect sense. There are several musical interludes, little noodling tones and feedback, which do have a calming effect between the aural onslaught of the main tracks. Love it to bits!!!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Murgy on 31 Mar. 2013
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As someone in his late 30s I no longer have an ear out for fashion / scenes. I have no knowledge of what the NME would call "cool". I don't even know if its cool to be cool anymore.

Anyway, having bought this on a recommendation I can honestly say its the best thing I've heard in years.

The similarities with spacemen 3, suicide and loop stand out for me. Although hookworms put their own sonic slant on it.

I can't wait to see them live!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Bloke on 5 Mar. 2015
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Psychedelic rock that's very reminiscent of Hawkwind. Unusual take on an old theme and well worth a listen. Recommended
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This is an outstanding album. If you are into the neo-psychedelic sound of artists like Koolaid Electric Company and Brian Jonestown Massacre then exploring the music of the Hookworms should definitely be on your to-do list.
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