Hookworms are a five-piece psychedelic/noise rock band from Leeds/Halifax, England.
Hookworms released their first tape cassette EP on Sun Araw's Sun Ark/Magic Lantern label in August 2011, and known in underground alternative music for their live shows the band released live tapes (including a CD release of their WFMU live session) and several prominent releases through Gringo Records. In 2013 Hookworms signed to Domino imprint Weird World; they also joined the Too Pure roster with their single Radio Tokyo, mastered at Abbey Road.
Hookworm's 2013 LP Pearl Mystic was highly reviewed. It was named Loud and Quiet, BrooklynVegan and Drowned In Sound's No. 1 album of 2013. The Skinny, Jim Fusilli of The Wall Street Journal, and several major UK record stores (Norman Records, Music Exchange, Rise, Piccadilly Records, Sister Ray Records, Resident Records and Drift Records) placed Pearl Mystic in their top ten releases of 2013, with the record also appearing in Time Out, NME, and The Guardian's top rated records of that year.
Hookworms have been categorised with a neo-psychedelic rock which experienced growing popularity from 2010, along with bands such as Tame Impala, Wooden Shjips and Goat. The band are composed of JN, JW, MB, MJ and SS. They produce through MJ's own Suburban Home Studio in Leeds which has seen Drenge, Pulled Apart By Horses, Mazes and That Fucking Tank. All related art is done through JW's Idiot's Pasture. Fans of Hookworms include Bobby Gillespie, Julian Cope, who described their 2011 EP as "an epic 26 minutes of sub-Zabriskie Point ambient road-movie heat haze-on-the-road sonic wipeout of the post-Loop variety," and Charlotte Church.