Hookworms, the Leeds-based five-piece, rose to prominence on the back of two blistering full-length LPs – 2013’s Pearl Mystic and 2014 follow-up The Hum and equally visceral live shows. Their sets are radiant and immersive, but still urgent and forceful – head-bobbing grooves bubbling beneath a flurry of wailing guitar-riffs and fist-in-the-air vocal yelps.

This year they release Microshift, their first new work in over 3 years, and it marks a seismic shift in their sound. It’s dynamic, propulsive, electronic, more overtly poppy while still bearing all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship and bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases, which have quietly made them one of the UK’s most revered young bands.

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