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Leeds, United Kingdom (1990 – present)

Hood are an experimental band from Leeds, UK formed in December 1990. The core of the band features brothers Richard and Chris Adams, joined by various different friends over the years. With influences from New Zealand’s Flying Nun label and Aphex Twin, and stylistic similarities to The Cure, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Pavement and Boards of Canada, their style of music often changes from , to to .

Their first releases were very limited vinyl singles on various different small, indie, and some now defunct, record labels, although 555 records who released ‘(The) Weight’ in 1998 is still alive.

In 1994, record labels Fluff and Slumberland released Hood’s first full length album, entitled ‘Cabled Linear Traction’. It was a landmark for the band, some still say it’s their best album. It had similarities to bands like The Cure, Sonic Youth and Pavement.

The album was issued on CD in 1999 by Slumberland, who also released 1996’s ‘Silent 88’ album. The latter was similar sounding to ‘CLT’, but with much more experimentation going on and far more use of electronics.

A collection of limited and rare singles was put together by Happy Go Lucky records in 1997 and released on CD and vinyl, the vinyl version coming with a free 7” record.

In 1997, Domino Record Co snapped up Hood and released the single ‘Useless’. A affair, not too dissimilar to the aforementioned ‘(The) Weight’ released the next year.

Around this time Chris was releasing instrumental electronic material as Downpour, often involving heavily distorted .


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