|Hawk Eyes Get Kkkkking Touring!|
|17th May 2012|
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| ** 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.
2011s 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: ?ěThe process of recording was intense and at times it felt like we wouldn't come through it in one piece. Its a collection of stories about disappointment, adversity, suspicion, pride, false idols, broken promises¬¶and partying.¬ů
Theres some really quite nasty growling going on in this album as well. Just dont tell the doctor about these live shows here¬¶