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Well alright! Finally nestled in our cave of wonders this week we have this split single between two of The Narth’s finest psychedelic types, Kogumaza and Hookworms - both bands who’ve been finding increasingly enthusiastic audiences of late with their blazing psych and neu-kraut vibes, and every time I’ve seen each band lately they’ve cranked it up a notch since the la ...

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Ltd heavy coloured vinyl Split 7" on Gringo.

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Split (Form And Function / Ursids) by Hookworms / Kogumaza
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9/10 Mike Staff review, 31 May 2012

Well alright! Finally nestled in our cave of wonders this week we have this split single between two of The Narth’s finest psychedelic types, Kogumaza and Hookworms - both bands who’ve been finding increasingly enthusiastic audiences of late with their blazing psych and neu-kraut vibes, and every time I’ve seen each band lately they’ve cranked it up a notch since the last time. Particularly excited about the imminent(ish?) Hookworms full-lengther finally dropping because I’ve totally rinsed that debut EP now, but on the bright side I do have a new song here to tide me over.

This ‘Worms contribution is pretty blazing, too, and reminds me of the song ‘Teen Dreams’ from their EP (which I always felt was “the single” from that record anyway), with call-and-response vocals, a really obnoxious wah guitar tone and MB’s usual super-infectious repeato bass he’s so good at. This one does seem to be more of a single than their other recordings production-wise, too, with the vocals being poked up into the top of the mix instead of being kind of inside the instrumental mix, and with it being a seven they spend less time letting the whooshy flowing psych bits build, so the structure is more concise too. Long story short, it’s totally good and if you liked the 12” this is something you’ll need as well.

As for the Kogumaza side, there’s a tasteful repeato-kraut instrumental going on with a certain Nathan Bell on guest bass. It’s gentle and psychedelic, building into an irresistible head-nodding groove with nifty little guitar melodies and detailed, burnt out tones. It’s a little bit like a carefully restrained take on The Heads’ balls out kraut riffing. Cave are also springing to mind. Good offerings from both bands here!


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