Hookworms – The Hum
The furious opening of 'The Impasse' suggests The Hum could be a fast and furious cut of hardcore punk rock, so intense is Hookworms' frontman MJ's howling. But the album unfolds to be a more diverse collection of different indie rock styles, all of them are delivered with more than sufficient blasts of noise and attitude.
The propulsive, otherworldly 'On Leaving' is a perfect example of the Krautrock influence and otherworldly sounds the band embrace. 'iv' is nothing but a glorious soundscape of swirling, squalling and pulsating guitars, which gives way to a chirpy, yelped 'Radio Tokyo', peppered with farfisa and driven by the unrelenting snare bashing of drummer JN.
'Off Screen' is an almost eight-minute long, meandering ballad with a fuzzy drone ringing on in the background and album closer 'Retreat' is possibly the most accessible moment on the record, bringing together most of the record's charming elements in a succinct five-minute package.
If you've a penchant for noisy indie rock then Hookworms have released one of your must-hear albums of 2014. While there are shades of the great indie rock of the past running through The Hum, particularly the shoegaze bands of the early '90s, the band have their own take on the genre that's vibrant, slightly experimental and largely lots of fun.