Who Are Ya?


Each week, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves to be brought to your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or bands management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The questions have been designed so that they can’t waffle on and on about themselves and to just give you the reader/listener the basics.

So without further ado, let’s crack on with this week’s introduction, in which CityLifer Kelly Johnson recommends (hooker) for your audible delectation. 

 

Who are ya?

(hooker)

Where are you from?

Manchester

How long have you been doing what you’re doing now?

Our current line-up has been together about 18 months, but in various forms (hooker) has been going since 1998, always with Zoe McVeigh (singer/guitar). This is the first all-girl line-up which we’re enjoying a lot

Is being a musician your full time job? If not, what is?

We wish! We all have full-time jobs/careers – from independent record shop to office worker – but are very dedicated (hooker)s in our spare time. We’ve just got back from our first European tour and had the time of our lives – we want to get back on the road as soon as possible!

How would you explain your sound to someone’s 90 year old grandmother?

A bit too loud! Our songs vary quite a bit. We like to get people dancing and someone recently described us as dance-punk so we’ll go with that. People sometimes compare us to Gossip, Sleater Kinney or Gang Of Four which are very cool comparisons for us. Granny-friendly? Maybe

Are there any obvious influences in your music?

Yes, Zoe grew up listening to punk & post punk and as soon as she heard PJ Harvey she wanted to start a band & incorporate it all. Then came the riot grrrl influences, Bikini Kill, Sleater Kinney etc. Gossip were a massive influence with their earlier punk-blues sound but also when they changed to a more dancier sound. I think we have a nice balance of post punk dance rock!

Are there any not so obvious influences in your music?

I think it’s all there to hear. Nothing hidden. We are very passionate and honest. I think that comes across in the songs. Especially live. We take pride in playing every gig with as much energy and enthusiasm as we possibly have. If we don’t come off stage in a sweat then we are doing something wrong!!!

Apart from yourself of course, what band/artist would you recommend our readers check out?

We’d recommend PJ Harvey’s ‘Rid Of Me’, Sleater Kinney’s ‘Dig Me Out’ and Bikini Kill ‘The Singles’. More recently we’ve loved seeing The Joy Formidable live and are looking forward to Electrelane’s return in July – you could also check out their album ‘No Shouts, No Calls’.

Best place for people to find out what you are up to?

Our website is the best place – www.hookerstuff.co.uk – but you can also come and say hello to us on Facebook, Myspace or Twitter 

Anything to declare?

Hope you enjoy our new single ‘Dance To The Beat Of A Lonely Heart’. If you do, come and see us live and we’ll show you a good time! You can also purchase this song and the two b-sides at http://www.hookerstuff.co.uk/

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