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Ryan Clark (bass), Paul Astick (vocals / guitar), Rob Stephens (guitar), Steve Wilson (drums)

Leeds-based heavy rockers Hawk Eyes are about to release their brand new four-track EP on August 19th.  The quartet’s potent mesh-up of post-hardcore, sludge metal and alt rock landed their latest full-length Ideas the top spot on my 2012 year-end list. With the new fan-funded release, they do not disappoint either. Produced by Andy Hawkins, That’s What This Is further develops the quartet’s winning formula. The numbers are still disarmingly clever and noisy, except the hooks are even grander, the melodies even more powerful, and Paul Astic’s vocals vastly improved. Hawk Eyes are most definitely going in a more accessible direction, yet there’s enough songwriting dexterity on display to make their integrity intact. This short EP whets the appetite nicely before the outfit’s next full-length.

Cheap is a great indicator of what is going to follow. While the track is not nearly as melodic as the remaining cuts, it juxtaposes mathy verses with an abrasive noise-rock chorus and spaced-out bridge to thrilling effect.





theacademy
07.12.13
"lol hawks"

Irving
07.13.13
Wait a minute - "fan-funded"? That's actually quite cool. I'm curious though - did they ask their fans to fund it or did they (the fans) just start pooling together cash on their own accord?


greg84
07.13.13
They have this pledgemusic campaign:

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hawkeyesep

They are actually an established band in the UK, so it wasn't hard for them to collect enough money.

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