Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Track Of The Day :: Hookworms - Ullswater
Words: Alison Mack
'Ullswater', one of the standout tracks on Hookworms' February released 'Microshift' album, now today sees its own independent drop.
The seven-minute sweeping electro track, with a bassline harnessed around an electronic structure that reaches its climax of a chilling vocal and lyric lines of "I'll always love you/it's the last thing I'll say/I know it's the last thing I'll do", references the Lake District beauty spot where vocalist and producer Matt 'MJ' Johnson’s father used to take him before he developed Alzheimer’s.
“My dad was – is – into poetry,” he says. “When I was very young, he introduced me to Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath and then Neil Young. A lot of those things went on to really shape my life, so it was important to get the lyrics right. Alzheimer’s is talked of with shame, in the way cancer was in the 1960s. But that absolutely needs to change."
The band have also announced a raft of May to November dates including festival appearances.
25 London, All Points East (w/ LCD Soundsystem & more)
26 Halifax, Piece Hall (w/ Father John Misty & more)
27 Paris, Espace Périphérique
01 Glasgow, SWG3 Yard (w/ Frightened Rabbit & more)
02 Dublin, Forbidden Fruit
30 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Vida Festival
13 Sawley, Beat-Herder Festival
19-22 Cheshire, BlueDot Festival
28 Birmingham, Lunar Festival
24 Oxford, The Bullingdon
25 Totnes, Sea Change Festival
01 Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival
13 Bristol, SWX (w/ special guest TBA)
10 Birmingham, The Crossing (w/ Blanck Mass)
17 Manchester, O2 Ritz (w/ Factory Floor)
24 London, Forum (w/ Ought)