Howling Owl Records release Velcro Hooks’ second single; a double A-side featuring stream-of-consciousness-freak-jam ‘Galaxy Police Club’ and hook-packed-slacker-rocker ‘Tickle Me Sick’.
It all begins in Guatemala. Jenner Blank arrives from Australia following the abrupt ending of a promising tennis career. Thomas Mason arrives from Bristol. Moustaches and machetes bring them together in a gnarly hostel amidst an ocean of bed bug ridden mattresses.
This introduction inevitably leads to a suitably ridiculous following fortnight; including high-minded temples, volcanoes, many a Cerveza and general ruffian-ship. Obviously these endeavours had to end at some point. Farewells are made and Jenner Blank and Thomas Mason embark on the return visit to their respective origins, Vancouver and Bristol. But this is only the start...
Jenner spends his days on a boat, Thomas tending plants until Jenner decides to up sticks to England. Knowing precisely one person in the entire country he heads for Bristol and his brother in facial hair. Thomas rescues the immigrant from the streets and puts him a box room in a house where the other residents are Dom Mitchison and George Garratt. Fate plays her hand and in late 2011 Velcro Hooks are born.
Howling Owl Records soon take the band under their wing and it is the debut release, an EP entitled Gymnophoria, that starts people talking about Velcro Hooks. The first pressing of the 10” vinyl sells out within a week, whilst Artrocker leads the press charge declaring them “a band you SHOULD DEFINITELY HAVE IN YOUR LIFE. And we don’t write in caps lock very often, so we really mean it”. They further their intent by including EP track Girlfren’ in their 101 Greatest Ever Artrock Tracks. At radio, 6 Music and XFM wise up quick and begin to play both Girlfren’ and lead track A Love Song for T.S Eliot, with Frank Skinner at Absolute getting in on the act too.
Forward to the back end of 2013 and Velcro Hooks are recording their debut album in Bristol. That will see the light in 2014. Meanwhile double A-side Galaxy Police Club and Tickle Me Sick will be released on limited edition 7” vinyl through Howling Owl on November 11th.
Live dates (all shows free entry)
09 Nov All Hallows Hall, Bristol
13 Nov Death2Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club, London
10 Dec Start The Bus, Bristol
11 Dec Oakford Social Club, Reading
12 Dec 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth
13 Dec The Old Blue Last, London
14 Dec Venue tbc, Birmingham