Hooker – A long-standing fixture on the Manchester alt rock scene finally delivers

Hooker
Dance To The Beat Of A Lonely Heart
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A long-standing fixture on the Manchester alt-rock scene, often flirting with bigger things while remaining frustratingly on the periphery of a breakthrough, (hooker) return to active duty after a renovating break. They’ve retained the lower-case-and-brackets logo to perplex sub-editors everywhere, but now with a new drummer , they stand ready to take aim at higher altitudes.

New single Dance To The Beat Of A Lonely Heart would have merely been called an EP in more traditional times, but justified confidence sees it deemed a triple A-side, administering three short, sharp shocks of invigorating femme punk.

The title track kicks things off in a sinuous groove, led in by a bass line as sleek and insistent as a snakecharmed cobra, underpinned by a driving dance beat and some economic, sparse chops of guitar. Like a slinkier, sexier cousin of ACR’s classic Shack Up and almost indecently addictive, it’s a highly effective new facet to the band’s musical identity.

Of the other tracks, The Way Out is a thumping release of punked-up energy, the aural equivalent of being slung into a mosh-pit, while Waiting For You is a brooding pulse of slow-building energy that gives full vent to Zoe McVeigh’s impressive lung-power.

Three powerful tracks at under ten minutes make for a deeply impressive calling card for a band whose time has, hopefully, finally come.

Rob Haynes

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