An intelligent indie band with a great, original sound, Hawk are a group with bags of potential to break through into the public consciousness. It’s all thanks to their original take on indie music, both unique and accessible in its execution. You can get a taste of it below with the video to their single ‘The Hunt’ which is out now and part of the EP too, and you can also check out our interview to get to know them better.
- Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
Julie: I grew up surrounded by music – my dad plays traditional Irish music, and we had a serious mix of CDs in the house and in the car. I pretty much wanted to take up a new instrument every time I was introduced to one, which would have been really expensive if I’d gotten my way.
- What are your main ambitions in the industry?
Julie: At the moment, I want to get to a point where we can seriously bring our live show on the road – we’ve done a lot of small DIY tours, and by the end I always want to keep going. Longer term, we are looking forward to making our first album someday, and continuing to see our sound develop.
- When did you start writing your own songs/music?
Julie: I wrote a lot on the piano growing up and especially as a teenager. It was only about four years ago that I properly sat down to write something on guitar with lyrics.
- What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Matt: Some of the shows we’ve played have been great. But I think having Simon Raymonde say that he was a fan and play our music is definitely up there as well. We are big Cocteau Twins fans so it was a nice moment for us.
- Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?
Julie: It’s difficult to pick out what other people will hear when they listen to you, but we get a lot of Cocteau Twins, Daughter and Radiohead. We’ve all got different influences that we bring to the table, but I think for me there’s definitely an Irish influence in the melodies I write, and a lot of grunge and punk too.
- What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about your current release?
Matt: It is only the beginning…
- Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people to have a listen to?
Matt: In London there are some great bands we have bumped into Dios Mio, Fox Hotel, YOU and Adam Cleaver are all worth a listen online and really good live. In Ireland, Altered Hours, Maria Kelly, My Fellow Sponges are all doing really well and great live.
- Any gigs coming up?
Julie: We’re playing Innocent Unplugged and ‘Finding the Female Headliner’ All Dayer on the 29th of May in Dalston, which we’re really excited about. And we’ve just announced our summer tour which is kicking off in Brighton on the 7th of June, then in London on the 8th. After that we’re doing a string of dates around Ireland.
- Where can we find/follow you online?
www.facebook.com/hawkofficial, Twitter: @HAWKofficial, and Instagram: @hawkbandofficial