In a recent interview, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with Hooks to discuss their new charismatic singles, the story behind their name, Sunday league football, and dying hair. Dive into our conversation below:
AMBY: Hey Hooks, welcome to AMBY! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.
Hooks: Hi, we’re Hooks. There’s a big chance we’ll never meet any of you in person but if you are reading this, come to a gig and introduce yourselves to us!
AMBY: How would you describe the overall vibe of Hooks in one word?
AMBY: Where did the name Hooks come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Hooks: We used to be called Kelsey Traynor, named after a girl Will used to pick on at school. We rather liked this name but 1, at the time we weren’t good enough to make the band name stick and 2, she got offended that her Facebook & myspace name had been taken up by us first. It was suggested we think of a catchier name and let’s face it, there’s Nowt catchier than a Hook.
AMBY: You recently dropped your debut single Get It Out, what’s the story behind the track?
Hooks: Get It Out is a culmination of years of partying, being nice to people you don’t like, sexual frustration and tiresome social decorum swelling to a point where you just have to ‘get it out’. It’s a bit of a ‘punching the wall’ song for me. It’s like a punk power ballad. Get yourself out of…yourself, and make sure it’s loud and ugly.
AMBY: Is there an album or EP currently in the works?
Hooks: Indeed. I’ve got to finish the vocals and a few synth parts for our new single which should be hitting the airwaves in May. We’re extremely proud of it. It’s not as rough and ready as Get it Out but still harnesses the same energy and intensity. It’s more of a polished effort, but it couldn’t have gone better in the studio so I’m really excited for people to hear it.
AMBY: Who or what influences you the most when it comes to making music?
Hooks: I used to be quite bashful with my lyrics, but I’ve gotten more serious and contemplative in my decreped old age of 26. I figured that banter is actually a great device for disguising exposition and I decided to be brave and exorcise my daemons (not everyone’s style, but it works for me). The lyrical content is nearly always sentimental, or a life lesson I’m trying to teach myself. The subject matter can range from friendship, missing home, love, sex or self sex. But whatever it is, the lyrical influence derives from the everyday questions, nothing too abstract or random. I’d like to say I’d try more of that in the future but my process has always been the same: observe, analyse, dwell, suffer, get it out, move on.
The music is always more immediate. It’s starts with a riff Flying around in the ether that is made into something soon after, usually when I wake up in a morning so chances are it’s been nicked from someone else. As a collective Hooks have a massive energy. Each member has a really distinct style of playing, so if it’s a clear rip of a queens of the Stone Age or blur riff, it’ll be completely different by the time we’re done with it (if it’s not, please sue – we could do with the press).
AMBY: What do you do for fun when you aren’t making music?
Hooks: I play Sunday league football for bow young prince. We suck.
AMBY: Where can our readers catch you live next?
Hooks: Catch us at the paper dress In Shoreditch on 11th of April. It’s a gig inside a dress shop window.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Hooks that no one knows yet.
Hooks: Our bass player Nick dyes his hair ginger.
Thank you Hooks, for giving us your answers!
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