The Hook

The Hook: A Comeback Story (Or Something Like It)

Photographer:  Richard Sanders

Photographer: Richard Sanders

This is the beginning.

In 2016, we started our site in a dimly lit bedroom on the corner of Locust & 15th in a basement apartment. Since then, we have grown exponentially and without limit. We could not be more appreciative of the music scene, not only here in Philadelphia, but the entire East Coast. We would not be who we are without the bands & artists that fuel us further, push us harder than what we believed.

In the two years since our beginning, we have hosted dozens of showcases, reviewed hundreds of albums, and put our stickers on lots of stop signs in different places around the country. We have been supported by volunteer writers, photographers and artists. We have paid every artist who has worked with us, and donated more than three-hundred dollars to different Philadelphia non-profit organizations. Without our scenes, near and far, we would not be where we are.

So, here we are. Two and a half years later, and we’re ready to get started. We will continue to host shows, to create charity EP’s to donate to important non-profit organizations, we will continue to review and talk about local music. We hope to begin to give voices to those who don’t always have them in our scene, we want to create critical op-ed pieces to, not only fuel and better our scene, but to also better ourselves as people in a world. It’s time to talk about it, so we will. We welcome guest writers, bloggers, and artists to host their work on our site. We welcome those who are in need of a safe space, of suggestions for shows, albums, groups that will allow every body in our scene the place it deserves.

If you're interested in learning more about us, we've got a handy video now, so check it out below!

To begin, we have our first returning showcase on July 13th at our place, so if you’ve never been to a Hook Show, this would be the one to get to. We will be hosting a show on July 17th at Century Bar, and future shows will soon be announced. We are in the works for a 5th Charity EP, featuring all unheard, local music for a good cause.

As always, you can check out our social media down below to keep up while you're on the move. More announcements to follow, so stay tuned!

The Hook Journal: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

The Burns Share New Music Video With Listeners

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Straight out of New Jersey, The Burns have been hard at work since 2018 started!

With the recent release of their debut album, Splenderson, The Burns are celebrating with a brand new music video! "Wolves" is a bit of a teaser for listeners and fans, a pre-release for their upcoming EP expected out in June - and there might be a little personal surprise in there when you watch!

You can check out the music video streaming down below, so definitely do that!

"Wolves" is a rumbling track that builds into a fierce and emotional listen - The Burns make you want to feel things, and gosh darnit, we're feeling them! The band is celebrating their one year anniversary on March 2nd at The Saint in Asbury Park - so if you're in New Jersey you definitely want to check that out.

To keep up with The Burns, definitely check out the music video above, and then check out their social media to make sure you never miss an update! We'll be hosting the NJ band on February 23rd at our place in South Philly, so if you're around and you dig it, come check it out!

The Burns: Website // Spotify

EXCLUSIVE: greygoesblack Premieres 'Please'

The Hook is excited to work in tandem with Central NJ indie/electronic group, greygoesblack to premiere their latest single, "Please."

"Please" is the first track off of an upcoming 6-track EP that greygoesblack has spent months working on and perfecting. And inside there was only water will be released Feb 2017 with a limited snow globe USB edition and a standard compact disc along with all digital formats! Which is exciting news for listeners and fans (like us)!

Check out "Please" streaming exclusively on Soundcloud here at The Hook below!

greygoesblack consists of Matt (vocals, guitar), James (bass, keys), and Steve (drums, electronics), and after releasing 2 EPs, the group decided to work on a more complex and deeper sound. To do this they began adding more electronic elements to their songs, which culminated In April 2016 as they went into coffee Haus studios with Engineer Ben Feldman. After 7 months of chipping away on Friday nights they have finally finished their 6 track EP, and inside there was only water.

The band says that this new album showcases a more mature and darker electronic side of the band. "Please" highlights this with in a few different, new, and exciting ways from previous tracks that we've encountered from greygoesblack! Between the wailing, longing vocals from Matt - and the keys highlighting each hard hitting note, while the quiet of the guitar and drums keep rhythmic balance in a song that reminds me of bands like Coldplay.

We personally really enjoyed the new track, and are exciting to witness the completed, finalized EP! For more on greygoesblack, this premiere, or other news, check out their social media links below!

greygoesblack: Facebook // bandcamp

Will Wood & The Tapeworms Connects With The Hook

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After the recent release of their latest album, Self-ish, Will Wood & The Tapeworms has taken the time to connect with readers of The Hook!

Check out what Will Wood had to say about his first show, or his last show, or maybe all of those shows in between. A handful of experiences you definitely don't want to miss!

Vomit.
     Suck down a cigarette and toss it down a gutter on Bleecker Street. Splash some water on my face in the water closet at Vivaldi. Five-dollar flask of Evan Williams on the corner where they don’t check ID and down it in four swilling gulps before oozing down the sidewalk to suck down a cigarette on the corner of 9th and Ave. A. Bacardi Gold in the pocket of my tzatziki-stained $800 Loro Piana trenchcoat to hold up my sleeve between opportunities to discreetly spill a few drops into a black coffee from Au Bon Pain on College Avenue. Don’t look both ways before crossing the street to roll on up to the hookah bar on George. Learn to freestyle rap from a large redhead who called himself Johnny Fresh up at Matelson Hall. Two tabs of a research chemical only known as 25i-NBOMe under my tongue at the Relay for Life in a North Jersey Suburb. Bile, sick, coughing, wheezing, heart palpitations and a faint occasional reminder that I need to change my face and get out of this town before they tar and feather my Borderliner ass and send me out with my keyboard strapped to my back on an NJTransit back to wherever I came from.
What was my first show like? I’d like to know myself. I don’t think I’m capable of reaching back into the cloudy ether of my memory and fishing out something I’m certain of. I have scraps of things to look back on, but the order and the significance are all twisted and knotted and tangled like matted hair on a sweaty pillow. Like lofty thoughts on an acid peak. I sort of emerged around 2013 or so, I think, although I had been on stage as a musician before then. Under various names and disguises and personas who all requested unique attention from me and gave nothing back in return. Nothing but vaguely haunted blackout shards of evening mania and what I fear may be permanent damage to my internal organs. There’s no Dewey Decimal System in my head to keep track of these haphazardly-arranged memories. Scratched DVDS and unwound video tapes on crooked bookshelves in the attic of my head – I can pull out overexposed polaroids and maybe tell you which one in the photo is me, but to pick a single evening out of the haze and say “yes, that’s it, that’s the one!” is like asking a toddler his earliest memory. He’ll probably babble about his time spent as a dinosaur in a past life, and new age freaks will make youtube comments about indigo children and the dawning of the age of Aquarius.
 Maybe my first show was that night at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and a fresh dropout from Binghamton University, singing about LSD in front of my friends and family. The response was mixed. Maybe it was the night I got drunk on the curb with the Rabbi I met at the Sidewalk Café, or got drunk with the schizophrenic outside the Pyramid Club who told me that the government had repossessed his mansion because of something he had in his intestines- he had good weed. Or in the basement of the Poetry Club soaked in face paint, boxed wine and strange men’s saliva. Or the night I discovered that fascinating gay bar with the red walls and pornographic videos showing behind the bar, doing bumps of cocaine off a stranger’s house keys. And what about that night spent on the bench with the wailing obese man covered in mud who cackled like a maniac at every word I said but let me drink long island iced tea of an old milk carton he had on his lap? Or was it the night I asked out the goth girl with the skull candy headphones, not knowing it would lead to years of emotional turmoil, heartbreak and nonsense?
 I’ve been playing shows for a long time. I suppose since High School. For some musicians, there may be a landmark by which they knew they were getting their start. An event etched into their mind that they look back on fondly, or maybe embarrassedly, and say “that was my first time.” I don’t have that. I’m missing huge chunks of my life and I’m still sitting on the curb picking up my molars and putting them back in my face. Will Wood and the Tapeworms has existed since before there was even a band I could call Will Wood and the Tapeworms. Will Wood came somewhat before that, but I’m not sure when. There were other personas and other iterations and countless utter failures to launch, but with the way I scrambled my brain, I can only tell you that I don’t remember my first show. Just lots and lots of last shows.

-Will Wood

For more on Will Wood & The Tapeworms, or what they're up to, check out their social media links below!

Will Wood and the Tapeworms: Website // Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

The Hook & Paper Scissors Media Present...

Poster Art: Maggie Fenning

Poster Art: Maggie Fenning

After a successful September 9th show, The Hook and Paper Scissors Media have teamed up to bring you (what we hope to be) a super rad show series.

Right here in Philly you can check out our latest gig, October 13th at The Tralfamadore. Invite yourself to the event page, or head over to our social media to check out more info - and we're super fuckin' stoked.

This show will feature Coping Skills, Holy Tunics, Curtis Cooper, Killer Ghost, and Secret Nudist Friends! To drum up the hype, you can look forward to articles about each of these stellar bands - so definitely do keep out on the look out for that.

We're adding this event to our calendar, and so should you!

Andrea Nardello Releases New Track

Andrea Nardello - a folk artist based out of Philadelphia, PA (represent) recently released a new track after making the announcement for her upcoming EP, Fire!

Fire is expected out on April 15th via Noble Steed Music. As Nardello's latest project she's released the title track, "Fire" in anticipation! The artist partnered with AfterEllen for an exclusive premier of the track!

Meanwhile, Nardello had this to say about her release, "When I wrote 'Fire' I thought about life and how often you need to pick yourself back up after being broken. We as individuals need to keep our internal light burning. No one else can do that for you. Life is short so it's critical to feed your soul, enjoy what you do, and figure out what lights you up."

Andrea has been busy touring in support of her EP, entitled ECHO, opening for Brandi Carlile, Tony Lucca, Gabe Dixon, Ron Pope, and Emerson Hart of Tonic fame. Andrea's refined accessibility draws from folk, rock, soul, and even the swagger of hip-hop. Andrea is once-again collaborating with trusted producer Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Josh Joplin) for this emotional new EP.

For more info on Andrea Nardello, check out here links below!

Andrea Nardello: AndreaNardello.com // Facebook // Twitter // Youtube // SoundCloud

Plaid Brixx Share New Single

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Indie Pop act, Plaid Brixx just released their newest single, "The Greener Side!"

The single marks their 2016 return - which follows the announcement of their upcoming summer EP! “The Greener Side,” was recently named “Best Song of the Month” by Songwriter Universe. Co-written by Plaid Brixx founder, Chris Duggan, and fellow NYU Alumni, Melody Noel, as well as co-written and produced by Nelson Kyle (Hyro Da Hero) and Mike Molina (John Legend, Fifth Harmony.)

The Greener Side is the follow-up to their acclaimed debut EP, Chemistry, including a nomination for one of the “Best Rock EPs of 2014” by the Annual Independent Music Awards.   Singer-songwriter Chris Duggan brings prodigious talent to the table with the ability to play multiple instruments including the guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, ukulele, trombone, and even the mandolin!

You can check out "The Greener Side," on youtube, or on iTunes & Amazon for purchase!

And if you're interested in more info on Plaid Brixx, check out what they're up to on their social media!

Plaid Brixx: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Night Argent Deconstructs Track

On March 24th, Night Argent debuted a deconstructed version of their track, "Nothing More Beautiful." 

The track is from their upcoming self-titled EP, and has been a hit with listeners - amping people up for Night Argent's April 22 release. Night Argent stripped down the song, adding a cello and vocal beatbox accents, giving the original arena rock song a saucy, seductive feel. 

"A couple months ago our manager asked us if we'd be willing to put together an acoustic version of our first single 'Nothing More Beautiful' as a bonus track for our EP. We loved the idea, but didn't want to play the exact same arrangement as the original just on acoustic instruments. We wanted to take the sound we created and deconstruct it, rebuild it with a new arrangement, and a completely new vibe. 'Nothing More Beautiful' has always had a big sound, so we decided to challenge ourselves and bring out a more chill and raw ambience to the track, while maintaining the emotional impact of the original." - Chase Manhattan

You can check out the track above on youtube!

For more info on Night Argent, check out their social media below!

Night Argent: Website // Facebook // Twitter // YouTube // Instagram