Galway, County Galway
New EP 'She Knows' OUT NOW on Spotify and Apple Music
Grunge-filled indie from Berlin via the West of Ireland.
HAWK combine an abrasive edge with celestial vocals, to create a driving, expansive post-punk sound, with activism at its core. Fronted by the powerful and distinctive vocal of Galway musician, Julie Hawk, the band have been compared to Warpaint, early Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Cranberries with hints of Slow Dive and Radiohead. Their music covers subjects like inequality, exclusion, sexuality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Their acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear, conveying their message with beauty and grace, with triggering, dreamlike punk soundscapes that mirror the stories they witness in everyday life.
HAWK formed in London in 2014, where they also started their label, Veta Records (Maria Kelly, DYVR). In 2016, the band relocated to Berlin where they are still friends after their first winter living under one roof. Their debut Berlin show was a sold-out house at the beloved punk haven, Schokoladen. So far this year, HAWK have embarked on the 'Big Giant Head Tour' - a UK and Ireland tour with BARQ and Harbouring Oceans, designed as a travelling DIY mini-festival to showcase the bands' diverse sounds to new audiences. In April, HAWK released their third EP, 'She Knows' - self-produced by guitarist, Matt Harris and engineered by Belfast's Rock O' Reilly (And So I Watch you From Afar). With tracks premiering on DIY and Clash Magazine, the EP is their most most socially powerful record yet, covering topics of body image, gender inequality, and victim-blaming. Their most recent single, SIN, is a backlash against the societal shaming of female sexuality.
Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, The Irish Times, Hotpress, The 405, Stereogum, DIY, Nialler9, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Wonderland Mag, as well as BBC's Lauren Laverne and RTE's Dan Hegarty, who have all commented on HAWK’s dynamic sound and compelling subject matters. In 2015 - the winter of Storm Desmond - the band appeared on RTE's Other Voices. The band have also appeared on TG4, SubTV, XFM, Absolute Radio, Amazing Radio, RTE 2XM and TodayFM, and have perform din session of Simon Raymonde and Paul McLoone. Over the past couple of years they have performed live at The Button Factory, Dolans, Whelans, Connolly's, and The Roisin Dubh in Ireland, as well as The Sebright Arms, The Old Blue Last, The Roundhouse, and Birthdays in London
"...a spine-tingling brew that’ll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing.” – The Line of Best Fit
"...dreamlike, elegant..." - DIY
“…biting musicality…” – Clash
“…could be the best opening track to any rock release.” – Noizze
“…powerful…” – Dork
“...a dreamlike sound that conjures up ethereal imagery.” - Wonderland
“…ear-pleasing webs of noise with powerful political ideas.” - The Line of Best Fit