“…waves of heavy percussion and
intertwining riffs." - DIY
"...a raucous dip into empowerment..." - The Line Of Best Fit
“…stunning…” - Noisey
Following their previous majestic release, Sin, Berlin-based HAWK return with the sweeping passion of new AA-side Can’t Explain / Below, out on 17th November 2017 via Veta Records.
Below is also available to stream on Spotify and Soundcloud now.
Inspired by Irish history, the Catholic church and its mistreatment of women, Below oozes a twinkling, ethereal splendour as the spine-tingling emotion of Julie Hawk’s celestial vocals flow. With a rich, haunting grandeur, a shimmering delicacy is juxtaposed with a searing passion and dark undertones, conveying the track’s message with a captivating grace. Julie explains “as an Irish woman, both looking back at how women were treated in the past and the desperate lack of progress today, I feel betrayed by my country. We’re still fighting for basic reproductive rights for women and seeing an embarrassing response from our government.”
Similarly, Can’t Explain is another example of HAWK’s acute social awareness and ability to create powerful soundscapes with a unique, compelling elegance. It was written as a reaction to people’s ignorance and the power privilege has to erase the voices of those who need to be heard. A gritty slice of grunge-filled indie, its propelled by thrashing riffs and a seething passion. Can’t Explain showcases the soaring power of Julie’s vocal at its most intense, as a potent sense of urgency rages throughout.
HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, before relocating to Berlin last year where they now produce all music themselves, and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together - a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.
Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze, Once Told and most recently, Sin, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Combining an abrasive edge with a beguiling grace, activism is at the heart of all HAWK create, with their music covering a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups.
Catch HAWK live on 28th September - The Lido, Berlin (w/ The Drums)
AA-side Can’t Explain / Below is out on 17th November 2017 via Veta Records. You can listen to HAWK now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Having been songwriting for years, Nashville-based artist Meghan Roner - aka LIEZA - has finally found her sound and has now released her sparkling new single Eyeliner via LV Music. The track is now available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
You can also stream the single via LIEZA's Soundcloud page.
Oozing a lyrical honesty and raw emotion, Eyeliner comes straight from the heart. Of the track, LIEZA explains: “... Eyeliner is that anthem that you sing to yourself in the mirror when you’ve had a bad day and you’ve forgotten what makes you unique, what makes you strong… Put on your ‘eyeliner’, whatever armour that may be for you, and then go out and take on the world...”
Filled with shimmering melodies alongside glitchy beats and the sweeping power of Roner’s rich vocals, Eyeliner is a wonderfully empowering track, with shades of the infectious electro-pop sound of Banks.
LIEZA’s journey to where she is today started out when she became an intern for Grammy Award-winning writer and producer Femke Weidema. Having travelled from Texas to go to school in Nashville, with no friends or family nearby, in order to follow her dream, she now works alongside Weidema to create her beautifully introspective, yet thoroughly danceable, creations.
Eyeliner is out now via LV Music and is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify.
“…a soothing piece of melancholia
that dwells on mature, rounded
“…pastoral beauty and tight songwriting…”
- M Magazine
“…Jeff Buckley-esque vibrato with sheer youthful exuberance…”
- Drowned in Sound
Alt-folk songwriter Gallery 47 aka Jack Peachey's colourfully political album, Adversity Breeds, is out now via Bad Production Records. It is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify now.
To celebrate the release, the emotive new video for In Odessa premiered on For The Rabbits and is now available to watch on Gallery 47's YouTube channel.
Jack explains “if Clean was the romantic album, Adversity Breeds is the divorce”. Influenced by a holiday row between Peachey and some family members who commented negatively on today’s youth, Jack combines real life events and fiction to create a captivating blend of upbeat, sentimental and bittersweet tracks. Each track on the album offers something poignant and different. Whether its the lighthearted nature of ‘Analytical & Open’ or the dark, brooding songwriting of ‘In Odessa’, Peachey continues to create soft, wistful tales of melancholy that are highly relatable. Jack maintains his signature soft, vibrato throughout whilst effortlessly blending his intricate guitar plucking and storytelling charm echoing Bob Dylan’s raw, colloquial writing style.
Jack previously released the quirky, single shot video for Analytical & Open, which premiered on PRS' M Magazine and is now available to watch on Gallery 47's YouTube channel.
Over the past few months, Jack has also released stunning videos for Mr Baudelaire and Cold Fire as well.
Gallery 47 originally formed ten years ago as a six-piece band in Loughborough. Once the band went their separate ways, Jack decided to continue as a solo artist under the same name, becoming a regular on the live circuit in Nottingham and currently in his new home of South East London. Jack called upon a number of the same musicians who performed on Clean to play on Adversity Breeds, introducing a sense of familiarity to the latter, entwined with layers of texture and emotion throughout.
Amongst Jack’s supporters are BBC Radio 2‘s Bob Harris, BBC 6music’s Tom Robinson, The Guardian, Drowned in Sound, Clash and Folk Radio to name a few. Gallery 47 has also supported a number of well established acts like Paul Weller, Alice Phoebe Loe, Ian McCulloch and Andrew Montgomery as well as playing on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park.
With Adversity Breeds, Jack tackles the subject of standing up for a good cause whilst being rejected by those closest to you. A subject that is possibly at its most relatable now more than ever.
Adversity Breeds by Gallery 47 is out now via Bad Production Records. It is available to buy on iTunes and stream on Spotify now.