All their albums were recorded in MJ's Suburban Home studio located on the banks of the River Aire, and Hookworms used the space as their HQ as well. That all changed the day after Christmas in 2015 when the rising levels of the river breached the walls of the studio and slowly began to flood it. MJ rescued what he could, but the space was a total loss. Thanks to a crowd-funding effort, he was able to build a new Suburban Home, and continued recording bands there.
Once the studio was up and running, Hookworms began work on their third album, this time heading in a direction heavily influenced by electronic music, with songs built around loops, loads of vintage synths, and MJ's vocals dialed way down. In between Hookworms records, MB had formed the very synth-heavy XAM Duo
and other members experimented with techno and electronics on their own, so it seemed like a natural progression. They also worked with outside collaborators for the first time, with MB's partner in XAM Duo
, Christopher Duffin, adding sax to a song, Alice Merida Richards of Virginia Wing
duetting with MJ on a track, and legendary producer and Spectrum
member Richard Formby on synthesizer on a song. Microshift was issued in February of 2018 by Domino
. ~ Gregory Heaney, Rovi