Heartworms: Enemies EP
1996, Darla Records
After leaving mid-1990’s Sub Pop darling, Velocity Girl, Archie Moore went out and formed Heartworms in 1994. Their existence was short-lived with putting out two LPs, Space Escapade in 1995 and During in 1998, the Enemies EP in 1996 (and a couple 7 inches, too), before disbanding.
I was driving to the beach the day I heard “I Don’t Need to Know,” the first song off the Enemies EP, on my college radio station. I immediately called the on-air DJ and asked the name of the song and band. At the time, I had no idea that the album was already several years old, and I wouldn’t discover that fact until I hit up the local record store on the way back from the beach later that day. I had never been a big fan of Velocity Girl, so Moore’s association with his previous band meant nothing to me. All I knew was that I was in love with his perfectly composed sultry pop songs on Enemies.
With his girlfriend, Trisha Roy, the Washington DC-based duo, with a rotating collection of talented musicians that included Chisel’s drummer, Chris Norborg, and Sabine’s Chip Porter, put together this stellar EP of five songs, that despite their placement in the mid-90’s indie scene, transcends that stereotypical sound of the decade… the one so many other bands were unable to shake.
Heartworms was a labor of love. In a July 1998 interview with CMJ, Moore said: “I just want to make records that I like. I’m definitely not expecting to make money or a big name for the Heartworms.” And while the EP was overlooked in favor of the full-lengths, I know it certainly has a place in my heart as one of my favorites.
As with a lot of bands that existed and broke up before the era of YouTube, there are no videos… they don’t even have a MySpace page. Instead, you’ll just have to take my word for it that Enemies is an excellent little package of fuzzy-indie pop treasures.
By: Amanda Chatel