INTERVIEW: Brother Hawk

Hi JB, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Never better!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Quttin Time”?

We’ve been opening with that song live for the last few years, it sets the tone for us in just the right way so we knew it had to be the opening track and first single of the record. We’d like to think it lets everyone know we mean business!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It’s a break up song, but the actual lyrics are from my grandpa. He was a full character, and whenever you’d ask him what time it was he’d say “half past the crack of the crystal and fifteen minutes til the whistle”.  Who knows  wtf that means but it always sounded like someone was getting off work to me, so it fit what i was already singing about nicely to me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’ve actually since released a video for “The Clear Lake”!  You can watch it at full volume on our YouTube  page  BrotherHawkATL

The single comes off your new album The Clear Lake – what’s the story behind the title?

The Clear Lake is all about finding peace and embracing love. I was going into a meeting to make a big decision one day and i was stressed about it. My mom Leslie put her hands on my shoulders and said “you’ll see exactly what to do, you’re the Clear Lake baby”. From there The Clear Lake became any thing or place or person that could provide peace and comfort to me. “You’re just like  smoke  from the chimney, just like a heron on the breeze. You’re just like the wind through the trees, just like  On The Beach, just like all those things that comfort me when I’m in need”

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process has been going on for several years, just constantly practicing and working when we weren’t on the road. Recording was fantastic. We worked with TJ Elias before on Big Medicine and he’s become a great friend. We spoke a lot about what we wanted this record to be beforehand so we all went in on the same page and i think it shows in the results. We did three live days at Maze studios in Atlanta, then guitar overdubs at Chase Park in Athens  and some extra keys at Tom Tapley’s place. All the vocals as well as the harmonica solos were recorded at our practice space in Rockdale County, GA. We brought Billy Bowers back to master this one as well because he did such a killer job with Big Medicine.

How Led Zeppelin and Neil Young has influences your writing?

Neil Young is the real deal GOAT.  Every era of his has  influenced me deeply. My parents are huge Neil fans and they gave that to my brother JoJo and I early on. When we were older and i lived in Atlanta and JoJo lived in New York listening to Neil always made me feel like we were all together again.  Zeppelin i think is more of an influence on the band as a whole. Everything was so huge with them, everything mattered in the way the structured songs that made them hit so hard and be so impactful, i think we try to do that as much as possible because of them

What role does Atlanta play in your music?

Atlanta is an amazing city that’s been more than good to us. It’s just an undeniable part of who we are as a band.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

What a great question! The songs span over 3 years of writing, a lot can happen in that time. There’s songs about falling in love, and out of it,  trying to be a better man for love you haven’t found yet, the love of your family and friends as a source of strength, the immeasurable impact of losing someone you love, and  love for life and gratitude for being able to do what we do. There’s probably some love there i don’t even know about. Love is everything.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! We’ll be touring the rest of the year and we plan to leave no stone unturned! We’re starting off with an east coast run through May ending in Atlanta at The Earl on May 25!

What else is happening next in Brother Hawk’s world?

TOUR TOUR TOUR. And we’re already writing for the next one!

Listen to the track HERE.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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