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Bomb Pop

by Hawk

"The crunch of AC/DC, the swagger of the Stones, and the melodies of Tom Petty"
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Allison's Gone
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2. Listen Like Thieves
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3. I Lied
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4. Mrs. Anderson
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5. Not Just Lonely
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6. Around the Sun
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7. Take My Time
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8. Lay Me Down Easy
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9. In My Dream
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10. Dry Your Eyes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hawk Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hawkrockband/

Hawk website: http://hawkmusic.net/

The rock band Hawk, led by the enigmatic American artist David Hawkins, will release its highly-anticipated new album, Bomb Pop, featuring the all-star lineup of Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith) on drums, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) on bass, vocals, keyboards and guitar, and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks, Ray Davies) on vocals, and longtime Hawk and Be guitarist Aaron Bakker. Hawkins, also leader of the orchestral folk-rock band Be, is an acclaimed abstract painter and co-founder of the avant-garde ‘happening’ group The Black Mountain Collective.

A Dylan disciple from a young age, a pivotal moment was hearing REMs "Murmur" for the first time. REM in turn led him to the band that became his greatest influence; The Velvet Underground. "The VU changed my life", Hawkins said recently in an interview, “much like Dylan and the Beatles and Stones had earlier. The range of emotion, the darkness and beauty intermingled, the dissonance...they made everything else pale in comparison." As Hawk’s sound evolved, the harder rock influence of the Rolling Stones and AC/DC along with other 70s rock bands that Hawkins listened to growing up began to play more heavily in the bands’ now trademark sound, and one astute writer said, “Hawk has the crunch of AC/DC , the swagger of the Stones, and the melodies of Tom Petty.”

"Bomb Pop" blasts out of the gate with the 60s-twinged power-pop perfection of “Allison’s Gone,” with its tight, driving beat, an infectious melody that gets stuck in your head, and a jangly sweetness in the chorus that recall equally early REM and the pristine pre-rock pop of the “Wrecking Crew” heard on such 60s pop gems as the Monkees, the Beach Boys, and the Mamas and Papas. This is a bona fide radio hit. Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Pete Thomas’s propulsive drumming kicks off “Listen Like Thieves” and ratchets up the energy even higher in this song of unrequited love in too-close quarters; Hawkins’ driving guitar and he and Gary Louris’ pining vocals capture the awkward frustration and ambivalence of being lovesick, with masterful guitar work by Stringfellow and Bakker. The psychedelic pop of “I Lied” takes the listener on a magic carpet ride of rationalization and avoidance in this tongue-in-cheek apology for “not telling more of the truth,” while the band creates a swirling Beatles-esque sonic tapestry befitting Sgt. Pepper, with Stringfellow’s backwards keyboard lines and Hawkins’ soaring vocals. “Mrs. Anderson” is another crystalline piece of 60s pop perfection; the chirping organ lines and joyful harmonies recalls pop as pure as Nancy Sinatra’s white leather boots. Hawkins sings of his onetime lust for a childhood best-friend’s mother (and it’s imaginary consummation), with Bakker’s crunching AC/DC-worthy guitar elevating things to a sweaty lust-filled dance party by the end.

“Not Just Lonely” is a poignant love song that celebrates synchronicity and fate and highlights Hawkins’ and Louris’ vocals as they weave together in an emotional peak just as the strings come in; coalescing in a powerful, spine-tingling finale. This is great songwriting, and unique; it’s difficult to categorize by genre. The shining crunch of the opening chords of “Around The Sun” and tinkling piano takes the listener back to a hard and sweet70s rock bliss while contemplating our orbital realities and daily struggles. “Take My Time” is yet another Hawkins classic that feels age-old yet brand new, combining an ‘On The Road’-esque lust for the road, an irresistible melody and shimmering vocals by Louris and Hawkins with a low lead-guitar nod to the great Glen Campbell by Bakker. The deep gospel soul of “Lay Me Down Easy” takes it to Church; all gritty New Orleans fonk, with Stringfellow’s soulful Wurlitzer stoking the band’s intensity and propelling Hawkins’ heartfelt vocals, while the dark throbbing groove of the Velvet Underground-esque “In My Dream” takes you into a dark underworld of suicide machines and soul-eating dragons. The album concludes with another Hawkins classic “Dry Your Eyes,” a Gram-Parsons saunter that starts as a seekers journey and arrives in Memphis heartbroken and lamenting America’s deep and persistent racial divide. By the end of Bomb Pop, you just want to hear it again. And again.
Put it on, and turn it up.

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Hawk “Bomb Pop” personnel:

David Hawkins - Guitar, Vocals, Keys
Aaron Bakker - Guitar
Gary Louris – Vocals
Ken Stringfellow - Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Keys
Pete Thomas – Drums & Percussion

Produced By David Hawkins. Engineered By David Hawkins, Ken Stringfellow, Gary Louris, And David Spreng.
Mixed By David Hawkins And Mike Hagler. Mastered By Mike Hagler At Kingsize, Chicago.Recorded At Hawk Studios, Venice CA, Dave’s Room, Los Angeles, Ken Stringfellow’s Studio In Tours, France, Gary Louris’ Studio in N.C., And Mars Studio, Seattle.

Hawk Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hawkrockband/

Hawk website: http://hawkmusic.net/

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