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HAWK reveal new single ‘Can’t Explain’!

Posted Fri, 17 Nov 2017


For Fans of... The Kills, Deap Vally, The Duke Spirit, Daughter

“… Julie Hawk separates riffs from

raff with punch and poised intensity."



- Disorder Magazine



“…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 now via Veta Records. Both singles are available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.

Can't Explain premiered on Disorder Magazine and is also available to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify now.


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.

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.”

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 22nd November for The End Festival at The Lexington, London - Tickets

AA-side Can’t Explain / Below is out now via Veta Records. You can listen to HAWK now on Spotify and Apple Music.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK tackle Irish abortion laws on new single ‘Below’!

Posted Mon, 25 Sep 2017


For Fans of... Warpaint, Savages, Daughter


“…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.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Hawk announce UK tour dates!

Posted Tue, 12 Sep 2017


For Fans of... Warpaint, Savages, Daughter

“…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 will shortly return with the sweeping passion of new AA-side Can’t Explain / Below, out on 17th November 2017 via Veta Records. In the meantime, HAWK have announced they will be playing a number of UK tour dates as well as supporting The Drums in Berlin.

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 at the following dates:

15th September - Sofar Sounds, London
17th September - Head For The Hills Festival, Manchester
18th September - The Cluny, Newcastle
19th September - The Adelphi, Hull
21st September - Paper Dress Vintage, London
23rd September - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
28th September - The Lido, Berlin (w/ The Drums)

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.

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.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release new single ‘Sin’!

Posted Fri, 14 Jul 2017


“…waves of heavy percussion and

intertwining riffs."
- DIY


"... a raucous dip into empowerment..." - The Line Of Best Fit


“…stunning…” - Noisey


For Fans of... Warpaint, The Cranberries, Daughter, Radiohead

HAWK are back with another truly majestic release, combining an abrasive edge with celestial vocals and activism at its core. Their new single Sin is out now via Veta Records and is available to buy on iTunes and stream on
Spotify.

The audio for the single premiered exclusively on The Line Of Best Fit and is available to stream on Soundcloud now.


Sin addresses the need to embrace female sexuality and autonomy, instead of demonising it or ignoring it full stop. The track is propelled forwards by front woman Julie Hawk’s poignant, crystal-clear vocals and twinkling hooks, oozing a sweeping grandeur throughout. Filled with an empowering grace, Sin asserts that we should be proud of being sexual and recognise the power of consent. It’s about stepping out of an age old framework that women should be ashamed of promiscuity or expressing self-love. Julie explains “it’s shouting about embracing our feelings, our cravings, our pasts, and even our mistakes, as we define them. We wear them on our skin and let them empower us as women”.

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014 to hone their unique style of grunge-filled indie, before relocating to Berlin in 2016 where they now produce all music themselves. They have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound.

Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze and Once Told, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Their music covers a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups whilst still managing to exude a dreamy, haunting elegance with each offering.

Sin is out now via Veta Records and is available to buy on iTunes and stream via Spotify.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Hawk unveil new single ‘Sin’!

Posted Tue, 13 Jun 2017


“…waves of heavy percussion and

intertwining riffs."
- DIY



"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, The Cranberries, Daughter, Radiohead

HAWK are back with another truly majestic release, combining an abrasive edge with celestial vocals and activism at its core. Their forthcoming single Sin is out on 14th July 2017 via Veta Records.

The audio for the single premiered exclusively on The Line Of Best Fit and is available to stream on Spotify now.


Sin addresses the need to embrace female sexuality and autonomy, instead of demonising it or ignoring it full stop. The track is propelled forwards by front woman Julie Hawk’s poignant, crystal-clear vocals and twinkling hooks, oozing a sweeping grandeur throughout. Filled with an empowering grace, Sin asserts that we should be proud of being sexual and recognise the power of consent. It’s about stepping out of an age old framework that women should be ashamed of promiscuity or expressing self-love. Julie explains “it’s shouting about embracing our feelings, our cravings, our pasts, and even our mistakes, as we define them. We wear them on our skin and let them empower us as women”.

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014 to hone their unique style of grunge-filled indie, before relocating to Berlin in 2016 where they now produce all music themselves. They have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound.

Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze and Once Told, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Their music covers a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups whilst still managing to exude a dreamy, haunting elegance with each offering.

Sin is out 14th July 2017 via Veta Records and is available to stream on Spotify now.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK announce new single + EP release!

Posted Fri, 17 Mar 2017


“…waves of heavy percussion

and intertwining riffs."


- DIY


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter, The Duke Spirit

To celebrate the release of their latest EP She Knows, Hawk have shared their transcendent new single Ghosts, out now via Veta Records. Both Ghosts and She Knows are available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.

The single premiered on DIY and is also available to stream on Hawk's Soundcloud page now.


You can also watch the video for Hawk's previous single Take It Away, which premiered on Nialler9, now on the band's YouTube channel.


She Knows, which is currently at #21 in the iTunes Ireland Alternative Chart, covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.

Take It Away was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own. Mirror Maze is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in Ghosts - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.

Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Wonderland Magazine, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.

Catch Hawk live at the following dates:

22nd March - The Hope & Ruin - Brighton - Tickets
23rd March - The Waiting Room - London - Tickets
30th March - Cyprus Avenue - Cork, Ireland - Tickets
31st March - Connolly's of Leap - Leap, Ireland - Tickets
1st April - Pumphouse - Kilkenny, Ireland - Tickets
2nd April - Central Arts - Waterford, Ireland - Tickets
5th April - Roisin Dubh - Galway, Ireland - Free entry
6th April - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland - Tickets

Hawk's EP She Knows is out now via Veta Records. It is available to stream on Spotify and buy on iTunes now.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK unveil video for ‘Take It Away’ + UK tour dates!

Posted Tue, 21 Feb 2017


“…a sharply defined melodic

affair…"
- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter, The Duke Spirit

Hawk have revealed the mesmerising new video for their latest track Take It Away, ahead of their 2017 EP release She Knows out on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.

The video premiered on Nialler9 and is also available to watch now on Hawk's YouTube channel.


Hawk also recently released the sinister new video for their EP track 'Static', which premiered on Bedroom Disco and is also available to watch via the band's YouTube channel.


Take It Away was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own.

Previous single Mirror Maze is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in ‘Ghosts’ - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.

She Knows covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.

Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.

Catch Hawk live at the following dates:

22nd March - The Hope & Ruin - Brighton - Tickets
23rd March - The Waiting Room - London - Tickets
30th March - Cyprus Avenue - Cork, Ireland - Tickets
31st March - Connolly's of Leap - Leap, Ireland - Tickets
1st April - Pumphouse - Kilkenny, Ireland - Tickets
2nd April - Central Arts - Waterford, Ireland - Tickets
5th April - Roisin Dubh - Galway, Ireland - Free entry
6th April - Whelan's - Dublin, Ireland - Tickets

Hawk's EP She Knows is out on 17th March 2016 via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release new track ‘Take It Away’!

Posted Wed, 11 Jan 2017


“…a sharply defined melodic affair…"- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter, The Duke Spirit

Following the release of their last single 'Mirror Maze', Hawk have now shared their new track Take It Away, ahead of their 2017 EP release She Knows out on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.

The track premiered on Dork and is available to stream now on Hawk's Soundcloud page.


Take It Away was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own.

Previous single 'Mirror Maze' is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in ‘Ghosts’ - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.

She Knows covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.

Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.

Hawk's EP She Knows is out on 17th March 2016 via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release video for single ‘Mirror Maze’!

Posted Thu, 03 Nov 2016


“…a sharply defined melodic affair…"- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter, The Duke Spirit

Hawk have now released the video for their new single Mirror Maze ahead of their 2017 EP release She Knows out on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.

The video premiered on Clash and is available to stream now on the Hawk YouTube channel.


The audio for Mirror Maze premiered on The Line of Best Fit and is available to stream now via Hawk's Soundcloud page.


She Knows covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.

‘Take It Away’ was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own. Mirror Maze is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in ‘Ghosts’ - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.

Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.

Hawk's EP She Knows is out on 17th March 2016 via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK announce new single ‘Mirror Maze’!

Posted Tue, 11 Oct 2016


“…a sharply defined melodic affair…"- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter, The Duke Spirit

Hawk are back with the annoucement of their new single Mirror Maze ahead of their 2017 EP release She Knows out on 17th March 2017 via Veta Records.

The single premiered on The Line of Best Fit and is available to stream now via Hawk's Soundcloud page.


She Knows covers a range of themes including inequality, exclusion and preconceptions and generalisations faced by different social groups every day. Hawk’s acute social awareness is a trait that the band hold dear but instead of unravelling these ideas into brash political punk songs, they convey their message with beauty and grace. Hawk are not a ‘political band’ but instead a group of friends using their creative talents to mirror the inequalities they witness in everyday life.

‘Take It Away’ was written as a reaction to singer Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home after a night out. Her friend was told that she “shouldn’t have been out on her own at that time” but Julie says that comments like that “miss the point and are the main cause of the problem” in that it’s not the fault of the person being followed but the man who takes away her freedom to walk back home on her own. Mirror Maze is about what society expects from us from a female perspective, which is touched upon again on a global sense in ‘Ghosts’ - we should break free from society’s standards and be comfortable in our own skin. Meanwhile, ‘Static’ shines a light on those in power who pay lip service but fail to insight real change.

Amongst the band’s supporters are Noisey, Stereogum, Clash, The Line of Best Fit and Amazing Radio, who have all commented on Hawk’s edgy emotionality. Now, with She Knows, the band are ready to defy expectations once again, soaring to new heights on this latest release.

Hawk's EP She Knows is out on 17th March 2016 via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

A Badge of Friendship Bands At Brew At The Bog Festival!

Posted Thu, 02 Jun 2016




A Badge of Friendship are co-curating the main stage at Brew at the Bog Festival on Friday June 3rd 2016 alongside Podcart and Netsounds.

The festival runs over two days - Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th 2016 and we've chosen two London based bands from our roster - Hawk and Ex Libras - to play Brew's main stage on the Friday.

Other A Badge of Friendship artists appearing at this year's Brew include The Van T's (who recently premiered their track Blood Orange on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens), Mairearad Green, Vienna Ditto, Idlewild (headlining on the Saturday) and Schnarff Schnarff.

Listen to all the ABoF artists playing Brew at the Bog 2016 on Soundcloud.



A two-day camping festival, Brew at the Bog showcases the very best home-grown Scottish musical talent, as well as the country’s best craft drinks and food. It’s held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness, which was crowned "Best Unusual Venue" at the 2012 Scottish Event Awards - the perfect setting for a festival that prides itself on championing the best of Scotland’s alternative scene.

As well as the music, there will be a dedicated craft beer bar offering the best selections from across Scotland.
Add to that a wide choice of Scotland’s finest gins, cider from award-winning Thistly Cross and a fizzy treat in the form of a prosecco bar, the drinks line-up matches the music bill in terms of quality and choice.

Tickets are still available to buy HERE.

If you'd like more information about A Badge of Friendship at Brew at the Bog, please email us at info@abadgeoffriendship.com
.

Official Brew at the Bog enquiries should go through the website.

HAWK’s self-titled EP out now!

Posted Fri, 15 Apr 2016


“…a sharply defined melodic affair…"- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK's self-titled EP is out now via Veta Records. To celebrate the release, HAWK are playing their first show of 2016 in London at The Victoria with support from twin sister lead four-piece The Van T's.

The video for their latest single, The Hunt, premiered on Stereogum and previous single Once Told premiered on Noisey. Both tracks are also available to stream via the band's Soundcloud page.

The Hunt and Once Told are also available to watch via the band's YouTube channel.




Matching the slightly sinister nature of the the song, the video finds the band being followed through a forest by a group of strangers. Julie Hawk's beautiful vocals flow from haunting verses to powerful choruses with crashing drums building a crescendo of noise. Continuing with their darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, The Hunt is the second track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on The Hunt with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

HAWK is out now via Veta Records and is available to buy on iTunes now.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release new video for The Hunt!

Posted Wed, 30 Mar 2016


“…a sharply defined melodic affair…"- Clash


"...emotional..." - Stereogum


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK have released an eerie new video for single The Hunt, taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP out April 15th via Veta Records.

The video premiered on Stereogum and you can also watch it via the band's YouTube channel.



Matching the slightly sinister nature of the the song, the video finds the band being followed through a forest by a group of strangers. Julie Hawk's beautiful vocals flow from haunting verses to powerful choruses with crashing drums building a crescendo of noise. Continuing with their darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, The Hunt is the second track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on The Hunt with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

The Hunt and self-titled EP HAWK are both out on April 15th 2016 via Veta Records. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes now.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release new single The Hunt!

Posted Thu, 10 Mar 2016


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK return with The Hunt, taken from their forthcoming self-titled EP is out April 15th via Veta Records.

The track premiered on Q Magazine and you can also listen to it via the band's Soundcloud channel.



Julie Hawk's beautiful vocals flow from haunting verses to powerful choruses with crashing drums building a crescendo of noise. Continuing with their darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, The Hunt is the second track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on The Hunt with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

The Hunt and their self-titled EP HAWK is out on April 15th 2016 via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK’s latest single ‘Once Told’ out now!

Posted Fri, 19 Feb 2016

“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK’s incredible new single Once Told is out now via Veta Records and is available to stream on Spotify now.

Once Told tackles Ireland's archaic abortion laws, where it's still illegal to have an abortion, with the exception of very rare circumstances. Julie Hawk explains: "This song is just a tiny fraction of the frustration that’s being felt every day."

The captivating video premiered on Noisey and you can also watch it via the band's YouTube channel.


Showcasing a darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, Once Told is the first track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which will be released on 15th April 2016. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on Once Told with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

You can also stream Once Told now via the band's Soundcloud page.


Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

Once Told is out now via Veta Records and their self-titled EP HAWK is out on April 15th 2016.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK supporting Dios Mio at Soho Sanctum Hotel!

Posted Wed, 10 Feb 2016

“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK will be supporting their long time friends Dios Mio at the Sanctum Soho Hotel on Thursday February 18th 2016. Get your tickets now via
Ticketweb's website.

HAWK's latest video for single Once Told - out February 19th 2016 - recently premiered on Noisey but you can watch it now via the band's YouTube channel.


Once Told tackles Ireland's archaic abortion laws, where it's still illegal to have an abortion, with the exception of very rare circumstances. Julie Hawk explains: "This song is just a tiny fraction of the frustration that’s being felt every day."


Showcasing a darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, Once Told is the first track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which will be released on 15th April 2016. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on Once Told with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

Once Told will be released via Veta Records on February 19th 2016 with self-titled EP HAWK out on April 15th 2016.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK unveil captivating new video for single Once Told

Posted Tue, 19 Jan 2016


“…stunning…” - Noisey


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit


For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Daughter

HAWK have revealed their latest video for forthcoming single Once Told, out February 19th 2016 via Veta Records.

The video premiered on Noisey but you can watch it now via the band's YouTube channel.



Once Told tackles Ireland's archaic abortion laws, where it's still illegal to have an abortion, with the exception of very rare circumstances. Julie Hawk explains: "This song is just a tiny fraction of the frustration that’s being felt every day."



Showcasing a darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound, Once Told is the first track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP, which will be released on 15th April 2016. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on Once Told with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

Since the release of their last EP Clock Hands in 2015, the band can already count the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Noisey, Clash, Music Week, The Irish Times, Radio X’s John Kennedy, Amazing Radio and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins as keen supporters.

Once Told will be released via Veta Records on February 19th 2016 with self-titled EP HAWK out on April 15th 2016.

If you'd like more information about HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

A Badge of Friendship to co-curate the main stage at Brew At The Bog Festival!

Posted Thu, 03 Dec 2015


A Badge of Friendship are very pleased to announce that we'll be co-curating the main stage at Brew at the Bog Festival on Friday June 3rd 2016 alongside Podcart and Netsounds.

The festival runs over two days - Friday June 3rd and Saturday June 4th 2016 - and we have handpicked two bands from our roster we felt would make great additions to the festival line-up, our very own HAWK and Ex Libras.

HAWK announced their latest single Once Told, out February 19th 2016. Check it out on Soundcloud.



Ex Libras recently released their latest EP Woe. You can download the free track 'Drive' now via Soundcloud.



The initial line-up announced also happens to include bands already on the ABoF roster - clearly the good folks at Brew have very good taste indeed! Dead Boy Robotics, The Van T's, Best Girl Athlete and Outblinker will also appear at the festival over the two days. However, also announced is Mercury Prize 2015 nominee C Duncan, the brilliant HQFU, Pinact, JR Green with many more yet to be announced.

A two-day camping festival, Brew at the Bog showcases the very best home-grown Scottish musical talent, as well as the country’s best craft drinks and food. It’s held at Bogbain Farm in Inverness, which was crowned "Best Unusual Venue" at the 2012 Scottish Event Awards - the perfect setting for a festival that prides itself on championing the best of Scotland’s alternative scene.

As well as the music, there will be a dedicated craft beer bar offering the best selections from across Scotland.
Add to that a wide choice of Scotland’s finest gins, cider from award-winning Thistly Cross and a fizzy treat in the form of a prosecco bar, the drinks line-up matches the music bill in terms of quality and choice.

Tickets are currently £59 and available HERE.

If you'd like more information about A Badge of Friendship at Brew at the Bog, please email us at info@abadgeoffriendship.com. Official Brew at the Bog enquiries should go through the website.

HAWK set to release single ‘Once Told’

Posted Tue, 27 Oct 2015


“…simply sublime…” - The Line of Best Fit



For Fans of... Warpaint, Waxahatchee, Wolf Alice


HAWK return with their fantastic new release Once Told due for release on Febuary 19th 2016 via Veta Records.

Like their previous release Glass, which focused on the recent Marriage Equality Referendum that took place in Ireland, Once Told is a track that has activism at its heart. Focusing on Ireland's abortion laws and wider issues around pregnancy, sexuality and contraception the band are trying to help expose the country's "archaic mindsets and processes which systemically lets down women, especially those in more vulnerable circumstances”.

Once Told premiered on The Line of Best Fit but you can listen to it now via the band's Soundcloud page.



Showcasing a darker, grungier and ultimately bigger sound Once Told is the first track to be taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled EP which will be released in April 2016. Having taken a diverse approach to songwriting and developing their sound, the band note, "we've hit a point that we really feel like we've found our identity and these tracks represent HAWK”. The band collaborated with producer Dimitri Tikovoi (Horrors, Placebo, Marianne Faithful) on Once Told with the track mixed by Catherine Marks best known for her previous work with Wolf Alice and Howling Bells.

HAWK's previous EP Clock Hands gained support from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Music Week (who tipped them as ones to watch in 2015), as well as Amazing Radio, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, and XFM DJ and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

HAWK have been described as everything from noir-rock to alternative-folk. Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk (vocals and guitar) initially embarked on a solo folk career, and began collaborating with Matthew Harris (guitar) in 2012. After a year on the acoustic circuit, the fledgling duo joined Sam Campbell (drums) and Chris Handsley (bass) to form the band you hear now, adding a new abrasive edge to their sound while retaining the delicacy of their acoustic roots.

Once Told will be released via Veta Records on February 19th 2015.

HAWK release ‘Glass’ to support Ireland’s Marriage Equality Referendum!

Posted Wed, 13 May 2015

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


"...a searing post-rock epic..." - Gigwise


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK return with Glass, a brand new track inspired by the upcoming Marriage Equality Referendum taking place in Ireland on 22nd May 2015. A YES vote will legalise marriage in Ireland between same sex couples, and bring marriage equality for all the country's citizens - it will also be the first time a country has legalised marriage equality by popular vote. The band want to encourage people to vote for this incredibly important issue and are releasing this track and the accompanying kaleidoscopic video to raise awareness as well as to show their solidarity.

'Glass' has already picked up support from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Gigwise and Artrocker and you can download and stream the song for free via the band's SoundCloud page.


You can also watch the gorgeous and kaleidoscopic video that accompanies the track on the band's YouTube channel.


The track has an ethereal quality that’s further intensified by drums and a stripped back guitar sound lending weight to the haunting vocals, while the video is a minimalist take on the iconic rainbow imagery adopted by the LGBT community.

“During our Irish tour in April we met loads of people canvassing and raising awareness for the Marriage Referendum on May 22nd.” explains lead singer Julie Hawk. “Our date at Dolan’s in Limerick ran on the same night as a major LGBTQ party run by OUT in UL in the downstairs venue. After the gig, we met and spoke to a variety of passionate campaigners and their enthusiasm really stuck with us. We continued to see the same passion in Galway, Cork and Dublin. When we started playing ‘Glass’ we had the idea of a video that complemented the hypnotic nature of the track.”

“James Byrne (director) had suggested the idea of filming colours dispersing in water and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to do something that would raise awareness of the vote, and keep it front of mind, not just with people who follow us in Ireland, but with people in London and the UK as well. With the amount of effort we saw going into the cause we’re so happy to be making a contribution, and I can’t wait to fly home to vote on May 22nd”.

Glass is released via Veta Records and available to download for free via HAWK’s SoundCloud page.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release download track ‘Fire In A Classroom’!

Posted Thu, 09 Apr 2015

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


"...a searing post-rock epic..." - Gigwise


"I honestly can't stress enough how nice [Fire In A Classroom] is..." - The 405


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK have released a free download track, 'Fire In A Classroom', which is taken from their EP Clock Hands, released via Veta Records.

The track premiered on The 405 and you can download and stream the song for free via the band's SoundCloud page.


The video for EP title track Clock Hands premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can watch it now on the band's YouTube channel.


Clock Hands continues to explore the limits of light and shade. The title track combines soaring and ethereal vocals with a guitar and rhythm section that defy traditional melodic forms but retain an air of their folk heritage. Like a post-rock Daughter, HAWK’s talent for minimalist storytelling is evident on tracks such as ‘Fire In A Classroom’ and ‘Footsteps, but their ability to convey emotion through music and Julie’s amazing vocal range is just as strong. The intro to last year’s single and EP track Hush is wordless, yet is all the more powerful for it, and a spine tingling example of the band’s dark beauty.

Hush gained support from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Music Week (who tipped them as ones to watch in 2015), as well as Amazing Radio, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, and XFM DJ and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. The track premiered on Gigwise, and you can stream and download it for free via HAWK's SoundCloud page while the haunting video that accompanies premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and can be watched on the band's YouTube channel.

Clock Hands is released via Veta Records and available to buy on iTunes.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK EP ‘Clock Hands’ out now!

Posted Mon, 23 Feb 2015

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


"Akin to a darker, more intense incarnation of Daughter, new EP 'Clock Hands' finds the group at their most inquisitive."
- Clash


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK's Clock Hands EP is out now on Veta Records. The EP is streaming exclusively on Clash Magazine’s website.

The band recently released two videos for tracks from the EP - Hush and Clock Hands. Both videos premiered first on The Line of Best Fit and showcase the band’s genre defying sound. On Hush, Julie’s vocals are almost Kate Bush-esque floating over post-rock melodies but with Clock Hands, the band explore their folkier roots.



Alongside Clash and The Line of Best Fit, the band can count BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, XFM’s Dave Rowntree, Artrocker, Gold Flake Paint and God is in the TV as fans of their dark and enchanting sound.

The EP is available to buy now via iTunes and to stream via Spotify.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK release video for ‘Clock Hands’!

Posted Thu, 22 Jan 2015

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


"...a searing post-rock epic..." - Gigwise


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK release their forthcoming Clock Hands EP on 23rd February 2015 via Veta Records.

The video for EP title track Clock Hands premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can watch it now on the band's YouTube channel.


Previous single Hush premiered on Gigwise, and you can stream and download it for free via HAWK's SoundCloud page.


Hush's haunting video premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can now enjoy it on HAWK's YouTube channel.

The EP continues to explore the limits of light and shade. Title track Clock Hands combines soaring and ethereal vocals with a guitar and rhythm section that defy traditional melodic forms but retain an air of their folk heritage. Like a post-rock Daughter, HAWK’s talent for minimalist storytelling is evident on tracks such as ‘Fire In A Classroom’ and ‘Footsteps, but their ability to convey emotion through music and Julie’s amazing vocal range is just as strong. The intro to last year’s single and EP track Hush is wordless, yet is all the more powerful for it, and a spine tingling example of the band’s dark beauty.

Hush gained support from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Music Week (who tipped them as ones to watch in 2015), as well as Amazing Radio, BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, and XFM DJ and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

HAWK have been described as everything from noir-rock to alternative-folk. Based in London, Julie, Matt, Chris, and Sam hail from various corners of the UK and Ireland. Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk (vocals and guitar) initially embarked on a solo folk career, and began collaborating with Matthew Harris (guitar) in 2012. After a year on the acoustic circuit, the fledgling duo joined Sam Campbell (drums) and Chris Handsley (bass) to form the band you hear now, adding a new abrasive edge to their sound while retaining the delicacy of their acoustic roots.

Clock Hands is released 23rd February via Veta Records.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

HAWK single ‘Hush’ out now!

Posted Wed, 10 Dec 2014

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


"...a searing post-rock epic..." - Gigwise


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK have released free single Hush as an emotional and passionate farewell to 2014.

The single premiered on Gigwise, and you can stream and download it for free via HAWK's SoundCloud page.


The single's haunting video premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can now enjoy it on HAWK's YouTube channel.


Hush embraces the furthest reaches of light and shade of the band’s uniquely primal sonic tapestry, teasing the pain and pleasure from every resonant chord and truly living the healing power of music through every spine tingling vocal nuance.

HAWK are Julie Hawk (vocals & guitar), Matthew Harris (guitar), Chris Handsley (bass) and Sam Campbell (drums). Hush is a precursor to their first new release of 2015 via Veta Records, the stunning EP Clock Hands.

Hush is available digitally via HAWK’s official SoundCloud page.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

ABoF Xmas Party featuring HAWK & Ex Libras!

Posted Thu, 04 Dec 2014


A Badge of Friendship are having a Christmas party in conjunction with Veta Records and Gigwise!

The night will feature sets by HAWK and Ex Libras with Gigwise DJ-ing throughout.

We are holding the party at The Shacklewell Arms in East London on the 16th of December with doors from 7.30pm and entry at just £3.



HAWK have been described as everything from noir-rock to alternative-folk and their explorative sound has seen them pick up support from the likes of Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq. The band were also recently featured on Music Week and The Line of Best Fit who had this to say about them:

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing.”
- The Line of Best Fit




They are due to release their beautiful single Hush on December 8th. The video that accompanies the track premiered on The Line Of Best Fit. You can watch the video now via the band's YouTube channel.



Ex Libras announced their arrival to the world of music with a bang with the release of their debut album Suite(s). You can check out the video for single and album track Radar via the band's YouTube channel.



Suite(s) gained widespread acclaim from some of the biggest UK press outlets by picking up support from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, This Is Fake DIY, The 405, Prog Magazine and Rock Sound. This is what some of them had to say:

“...beautiful...” - The Line Of Best Fit

“…refreshing...” - Fake DIY

“…Exhilarating...” - The 405


They are due to release their second album Side Step Left in 2015.

So, come on down to The Shacklewell Arms on December 16th 2014 and celebrate Xmas a week early with us!

If you'd like more information on HAWK, Ex Libras, or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.

Introducing… HAWK!

Posted Thu, 20 Nov 2014

"HAWK combine post-punk and folk in a spine-tingling brew that'll take potshots at your emotional wellbeing" - The Line of Best Fit


For fans of: Björk, Daughter, Dum Dum Girls

HAWK bid farewell to 2014 with free single Hush, one of the most emotional and passionate tracks of the year, released 8th December 2014.

The single's haunting video premiered on The Line Of Best Fit and you can now enjoy it on HAWK's YouTube channel.


HAWK are Julie Hawk (vocals & guitar), Matthew Harris (guitar), Chris Handsley (bass) and Sam Campbell (drums). The single is a precursor to their first new release of 2015 via Veta Records, the stunning EP Clock Hands.

Hush embraces the furthest reaches of light and shade of the band’s uniquely primal sonic tapestry, teasing the pain and pleasure from every resonant chord and truly living the healing power of music through every spine tingling vocal nuance.

They have been described as everything from noir-rock to alternative-folk. Based in London, Julie, Matt, Chris, and Sam hail from various corners of the UK and Ireland. Their sound was described by Subba Cultcha as a "fusion of ambience and power" fronted by a "soaring, crackling vocal". Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk initially embarked on a solo folk career, and began collaborating with Matt in 2012. After a year on the acoustic circuit, the pair gained support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson. The fledgling duo then joined Sam and Chris to form the band you hear now, adding a new abrasive edge to their sound while retaining the delicacy of their acoustic roots.

Hush is released 8th December via HAWK’s official website.

If you'd like more information on HAWK or our PR services, please email info@abadgeoffriendship.com.