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.