Album Review: Hawk - Fly
Whenever great musicians collide with art, you get a result that is as intriguing as much as it is addicting when it all comes together in just the right ways. That’s the case with Hawk and their brand-new album Fly. Led by David Hawkins, the abstract artist who you may recognize as the co-founder of the avant-garde performance group The Black Mountain Arts Collective, the supergroup is rounded out with a who’s who cast of indie rock; Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M.), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions,) and Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople). As such, this album leans heavy on an 80’s indie rock feel that smashes into an alternative rock for most of the album. The simple and catchy guitar riff that tugs you into the album on “This Is It” gives you the first taste of their indie, college rock vibe that immediately recalls the early material of R.E.M. However, Hawk cleverly takes this sound and fuses it together with a 1960’s rock-n-roll touch ala the great vocal bands of that time to give it their own personal twist. You’ll find a similar feel to this on songs such as “What’s Your Name” as well. But they refuse to stay solely in one lane. They get you clapping and singing along with the catchy, Romantics vibe of “Sick Of This Town,” while digging into the moodier UK alternative tones of bands like The Cure on “You Are The One I Want.” And just as soon as you think you have Hawk all figured out, something unexpectedly comes into the album from way out of left field that catches you completely off guard; such as the late 1960’s psychedelic jam band infused “Lost Our Way,” or the heartland rock and Americana bent of songs such as “I Believe In You” or” Everstill.” This album is a bit all over the place, but that’s exactly what makes this so perfect, and dare we say it, abstract! They clearly know that they do indie rock well and each song carries that vibe, but within it, they are more than willing to tap into their know-how and test the boundaries and blur the genre lines to keep you on your toes.