Hookworms to infect the world with new album on Domino next year, spread contagious first single “Negative Space”

Hookworms to infect the world with new album on Domino next year, spread contagious first single "Negative Space"
Photo: Hollie Fernando

Q: What do you call an album that marks a huuuge sonic shift?

A: If you’re one of the five parasitic fun-runners in the British band Hookworms, you call it Microshift (which, if we’re splitting semantic hairs, is actually the opposite of what the album represents in the band’s career…but you don’t get any extra credit for that answer, smartass).

Overhauling their raw and live-based musical edges with sleek new electronic loops and drum machines, Hookworms’ third album and will be released on Domino February 2, 2018 as a “deluxe limited edition LP (including orange color vinyl, exclusive alternate artwork sleeve, and printed PVC outer sleeve plus bonus hand numbered screenprint limited to 500), deluxe LP, standard LP, CD, and download” (worm your way over here for the vinyl and CD iterations, and here for the special-edition and digital versions).

And sure, you could spend the time between now and February 2 trying to imagine just what sort of transformative sonic incubations Hookworms have gone through on Microshift, or…you could let the infectious lead single “Negative Space” wiggle its way through your ears and into your brain right now by listening below.

Or, less gross: simply leave your house and see Hookworms on a stage near you (provided that you are in the vicinity of the United Kingdom).

Microshift tracklisting:

01. Negative Space
02. Static Resistance
03. Ullswater
04. The Soft Season
05. Opener
06. Each Time We Pass
07. Boxing Day
08. Reunion
09. Shortcomings

Hookworms, 2017 strain:

11.24.17 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club
12.03.17 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Community Room

Hookworms, 2018 strain:

02.23 - Liverpool, UK - Invisible Wind Factory
02.24 - Brighton, UK - Patterns
03.04 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
03.09 - Manchester, UK - The White Hotel
03.10 - Manchester, UK - The White Hotel
03.18 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
03.24 - London, UK - Electric Brixton
03.25 - Sheffield, UK - Picture House Social

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