Monday, 19 March 2012


On Tuesday I met Leeds band Hookworms and the now critically acclaimed band The Men after they performed at Soho bar, Madame Jojo's. The hairy one was sick on my ginger friend's floor this night- true story.


It was so great meeting The Men- a thrash punk quartet from Brooklyn. Very hairy but very nice and recently released album 'Leave Home' which is just insane and you should listen if you like anything loud and shouting.

Flatmate Toms thoughts: "You had opportunity to interview The Men, but got unspeakably drunk and completed wasted the chance. Now they've just released a critically acclaimed album." Yeah yeah yeah Tom whatevs, you stay jel.


Soho’s Madame JoJo’s: its old, it’s dark, it’s grungy and it’s perfect for Leeds indie band, Hookworms.
The ominously named 5-piece, produce fast paced, rocky songs, with reliance on a heavy guitar distortion, that could make them a grungier version of The Joy Formiddable. 
They are not original. However, this is not to put anyone off; they put on a fierce show, energy culminating into their final song, Teen Dreams which is a clear favourite with both them and the audience. Elements from the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Band of Skulls and even Nirvana have been blended together into one big, angsty, winning combination which could very easily offer success in the future.
Their set, although not completely water-tight, still produces vibrancy and spark- feisty enough to get the crowd moving along to their songs- a feat which none of the previous 4 bands at Madame Soho’s had achieved, and one which was greeted with a smile from the bassist. 
Hookworms continue with their European tour until 22nd March 2011 in various little cozy venues around England. For a decent night of new music, you can check their tour dates here before they head back to Leeds: 
03/03/12- British Wildlife Festival, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
22/03/12- Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, w/White Hills

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