Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Hawk Eyes - Ideas (2012)

Genre - Post-Hardcore / Alternative Rock
Label - Fierce Panda

Track listing:
01 - Witch Hunt
02 - Skyspinners
03 - Yes, Have Some
04 - Headstrung
05 - You Deserve A Medal
06 - Hollywood Sweatshop
07 - The Meeting
08 - Milk Hog
09 - Kiss This
10 - Bears By The Head
11 - Bees

"HAWK EYES are from Leeds. They consist of Paul Astick (vocals / guitar), Rob Stephens (guitar), Ryan Clark (bass) and Matt Reid (drums), and have done so in some form or another since 2005. Well, since drummer Matt joined from Whores Whores Whores anyway. 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 as they toured the known universe with Alexisonfire, We Are The Ocean and The Computers. The end of 2011 saw the renamed and reconstructed HAWK EYES foursome setting out their stall for future ever-so-slightly-mellower chaos with a nomination for Best Hard Rock Act at the Artrocker awards, touring fun with Turbowolf, The James Cleaver Quartet and Ginger Wildheart (though not all at the same time, you understand) and the release of the five-track Mindhammers EP on Brew Records, 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 is refined and rewired on Ideas , HAWK EYES debut 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."

This album is stunning, and you can instantly hear why so many people are raving about Hawk Eyes.
There are just so many interesting ideas on display here, from the bone crunching riffs and noise, to the subtle melodies tempo changes and experimantation.

Stand out tracks for me include Witch Hunt, Skyspinners, You deserve A Medal, Headstrung, Kiss This and Bees.

A great album by a very promising band, the future of British rock music looks good!

Rating - 9/10

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