| ** HAWK EYES GET ANOTHER KKKKKING GREAT REVIEW !**
** SUCIOPERRO AND THERAPY? TOURS TO COME IN THE AUTUMN, TOO **
"If they aren't on your radar yet, your radar is rubbish." So said Kerrang! magazine in yet another KKKKK review of HAWK EYES after our Yorkshire-based rock fiends extremely vigorously headlined the BBC Introducing Stage at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals.
It's all too true. But there is hope of redemption for your radar (or, as we say around these parts, radar-mption) as HAWK EYES will be spending a substantial chunk of the remainder of 2012 on the road, firstly with Scottish hell-for-leather heroes Sucioperro, and secondly with Irish old school thunderclap charmers Therapy? - full dates detailed below.
These two tours continue a momentous year which has combined the razzle dazzle of rock showbiz with the true grit of the road: there was a mini-tour with the larger-than-life Andrew WK; recording sessions with Ginger Wildheart for the Metallica covers covermount album; a nomination for Best New Band at the Kerrang! awards; and a whirlwind of festival appearances from Download to Y Not.
Most importantly of all, the HAWK EYES' album 'Ideas' came out on fierce panda in March to a tsumani of heroically immense press, with Kerrang! announcing it as "A contender for the album of the year - simply brilliant." You may have seen the suitably mammothian video for the 'Headstrung' track at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=438N4dwY6H4 or heard it on various rockin' radio stations lately, notably wunnerful Radio One, who splashed the tune across their daytime schedules.
HAWK EYES consist of Paul Astick (vocals / guitar), Rob Stephens (guitar), Ryan Clark (bass) and recent arrival Steve Wilson (drums), and have done so in some form or another since 2005. One of those previous so-called ‘forms’ was Chickenhawk, whose gruesomely complex ‘Modern Bodies’ album of 2010 cheerily brutalised a not-so-innocent generation of grumpy grunged-up kids. Unfortunately all this cheery brutalisation came at a cost – a good doctor told singer Paul that his traumatic vocal stylings were doing unspeakable damage to his throat. He had to calm it down or get the heck off the back of the rock bus. So he calmed down. Relatively speaking.
2011’s ‘Mindhammers’ EP (Brew Records) showcased a newly defined sound, a manically precise fusion of ferocious melodies and vivacious riffs which spewed forth comparisons with Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Alice In Chains and the epically heavy monstersound of Faith No More. All extremely true, and all very indicative of a band growing up and rolling with the melodic punches. And the ‘Mindhammers’ template was refined and rewired on the ‘Ideas’ album which is sleek and modern and hardcore and suitably post-post-everything, but also cosmic and mischievous and never averse to (ab)using a classic riff here or there, as you may well expect from a band who blithely speak of their own album thusly: “The process of recording was intense and at times it felt like we wouldn't come through it in one piece. It’s a collection of stories about disappointment, adversity, suspicion, pride, false idols, broken promises…and partying.”
There’s some really quite nasty growling going on in this album as well. Just don’t tell the doctor about these live shows here…
SEPTEMBER 22ND ULVERSTON Fell Foot Festival
SEPTEMBER 23RD SUNDERLAND Split Festival
SEPTEMBER 27TH DUNDEE Beat Generator (w/ Sucioperro)
SEPTEMBER 28TH ABERDEEN Tunnels (w/ Sucioperro)
SEPTEMBER 29TH KIRKCALDY The Windsor (w/ Sucioperro)
OCTOBER 4TH LEEDS The Well (w/ Napalm Death)
OCTOBER 21ST CARDIFF SWN Fest
OCTOBER 23RD NOTTINGHAM The Maze (w/ Sucioperro)
OCTOBER 25TH HULL Adelphi (w/ Sucioperro)
OCTOBER 26TH YORK Fibbers (w/ Sucioperro)
OCTOBER 29TH LEEDS University (Halloween Show)
NOVEMBER 23RD BIRMINGHAM Academy (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 24TH BRISTOL Thekla (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 25TH NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 26TH LIVERPOOL Academy (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 28TH NEWCASTLE Academy (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 29TH SHEFFIELD Academy (w/ Therapy?)
NOVEMBER 30TH GLASGOW Garage (w/ Therapy?)
DECEMBER 1ST MANCHESTER Academy (w/ Therapy?)
DECEMBER 4TH READING Sub 89 (w/ Therapy?)
DECEMBER 5TH CARDIFF Globe (w/ Therapy?)
DECEMBER 6TH PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms (w/ Therapy?)
DECEMBER 7TH LONDON Koko (w/ Therapy?)