London-based band HAWK have released a new song inspired by Galway vocalist Julie Hawk’s friend being followed home on a night out.

‘Take it Away’ is a tumultuous slice of indie rock with layers of vocals and an impending harmonic creepiness that sets the backdrop for the story.

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.

It’s taken from a new EP called She Knows due March 17th on Veta Records.

HAWK’s last single, ‘Mirror Maze’ addressed society’s expectations of women, while ‘Once Told’ addresses the Irish abortion issue.

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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These songs represent my favourite new tracks of last week. Check the new music section. The new music playlist is available on Spotify and is updated weekly.

New music chart

  1. Emmanuelle  – ‘Free HiFi Internet’
  2. Mmoths – ‘Deu’
  3. Disclosure – ‘Magnets’ (Jon Hopkins remix)
  4. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  5. Bagels – ‘To The End’
  6. Aidan Knight – ‘All Clear’
  7. Kodiak Blue – ‘Orbita’
  8. Badlands – ‘Caramisou’
  9. Hawk – ‘Sleep’
  10. Jamie xx – Loud Places feat. Romy (John Talabot’s Higher Dub)
  11. Meltybrains? – ‘New Don’

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Posted on December 1st, 2015

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The London-based band Hawk have been invited back to play Other Voices in Dingle next weekend.

For their new song ‘Sleep’, the band’s Galway-born lead singer  and Irish speaker Julie has dreamed up an Irish language kids TV show that never was  called Tromluithe Ruairí (Ruairí’s nightmares), inspired by a guilt-ridden lack of night’s sleep.  Then she made a video (including everything in it)

Julie explains:

Firstly, the idea that this is a single episode of an old lost Irish kids show called Tromluithe Ruairí (Ruairí’s nightmares), which the world has long forgotten about.
Secondly, there’s the meaning of the song itself, which is quite simply about not being able to sleep because you’re harbouring guilt about something. Just like Ruairí has to shed his mask to finally find peace of mind, the song is also about wanting to come clean and even be punished, so you can clear your conscious and sleep peacefully. The ‘Visitor’ is tempting Ruairí by offering him more elaborate masks, but Ruairí defeats him by shedding his own!

 

The song will feature on the band’s next EP due next year.

Posted on November 25th, 2015

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Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.

Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:

Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.

The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are:
Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.

For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:

David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins

Listen to the first Other Voices podcast.

Posted on November 16th, 2015

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From Thursday to Saturday this week, seven venues will be occupied by 104 Irish bands playing the Hard Working Class Heroes festival playing to music fans, interested parties, industry delegates, bands, friends and all sorts. There are free daytime gigs, a convention in the Liberties speed sessions, panels, tech companies, talks and much much more. Tickets are €20 per day or €45 for the three days. It’s one of my favourite weekends in Dublin of the year. There’s a great buzz about.

Here are 18 new bands to see this weekend, I kept it strictly to bands that have not released a debut album yet. Enjoy.


Thursday | Friday | Saturday


1. Rusangano Family

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Energetic talented Limerick rap trio.

Thursday October 2 – 10pm @ The Button Factory

Anyone who witnessed these two Limerick MCs (Murly goes untitled for now) live and producer John Lillis, like last Friday night’s Minimum Maximum Block-T show has felt the relentless energy of their music: an all-moving, all-interacting proper show. Plus, they have released one of the best Irish albums this year too.


2. Planet Parade

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Kildare band return with a rich new sound

Thursday October 2 – 8.45pm @ Meeting House Square

Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd played their first gig in four years with four band members last Friday with us and  showcased a new sound that traced a line between electronics and indie with rich songcraft and confident style. They used to sound more like The Police, now they sound more like they’re own thing.


3. Dear Desert

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Dublin emotive pop purveyors.

Thursday Oct 2 – 10pm @ The Workman’s Club / 14:00 @ NDRC, In The City

A new band formed from Futures Apart and Hush War Cry, the two songs so far featuring production from Darragh Nolan have suggested an elegance and a quality in the arrangement and songwriting of these Wild Beasts-style ’80s throwback synth pop tracks. ‘Give It Up’ is a particularly exciting track.


4. Voids

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Ambient bass-toned duo from Galway

Thursday Oct 2 – 8pm @ The Workman’s Club / 1:30pm @ HMV Henry Street

This Galway duo make ambient electronic music with cold tones from a warm instrument, a bass guitar and the singer Alison’s icy voice. Their new EP Begin came out last week on High Society.


5. The Academic

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Mullingar indie-pop band on the up

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s

Four Mullingar school-friends with a penchant for pop hooks and charming indie-rock music. They’re on the way up, this weekend is a good time to catch them.


6. Atriums

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Baldoyle singer-songwriter

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s / 1pm @ Jo Burger

Dublin singer Gavin Farrell is still in early days but citing Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon as two influences on his bedroom folk pop has me intrigued. He’s just released his debut EP tell me we both matter, don’t we?


Thursday | Friday | Saturday


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  • Posted on October 3rd, 2014

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    Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.

    500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).

    Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.

    The bands

    A Lazarus Soul
    Acrobat
    Affleck
    Arborist
    Atriums
    Benihana
    Benny smiles
    Brian Casey
    Buffalo Sunn
    Buffalo Woman
    Carriages
    Carried By Waves
    Cfit
    Ciaran Lavery
    Cloud Castle Lake
    Clu
    Codai
    Color Sound
    Columbia Mills
    Conor Walsh
    Contour
    Deaf Joe
    Dear Desert
    Death In The Sickroom
    Dogs
    Dott
    DVO Marvell
    Eamon bode
    Elaine Mai
    Elastic Sleep
    Elephant
    Eoin Dolan
    Fallen Rule
    Floor Staff
    Florence Olivier
    Frankenstein Bolts
    Galants
    Ghost Estates
    God Knows + mynameisjOhn
    Grim
    Hags
    Hare Squead
    Hauer
    Hawk
    His New Atlas
    Hugh Hick
    I have a tribe
    I’m Your Vinyl
    Imploded View
    Jet Setter
    Kobina
    Kormac
    little xs for eyes
    Liza Flume
    Low Sea
    Maija Sofia
    Maud in Cahoots
    Me & My Dog
    Me Auld Flower
    Meltybrains?
    Mere Moths
    MKAI
    moossmann
    Myles Manley
    Neon Atlas
    Old Hannah
    Otherkin
    Paddy Hanna
    Participant
    Planet Parade
    Princess
    Red Queen Contest
    Replete
    Satori Je
    Silences
    Sisters
    Skelocrats
    Sleep Mc Evox
    Somerville
    Spies
    Subplots
    Tell No Foxx
    The Academic
    The Bedroom
    The Black Sea Fleet
    The Boxing Plot
    The Clameens
    The Debutantes
    The Hard Ground
    The Late David Turpin
    The Loafing Heroes
    The Magpies
    The Pale
    The Run Ons
    The Shaker Hymn
    The Statics
    The Vincent(s)
    Tino Ras
    Val Normal
    Vann Music
    Voids
    Walpurgis Family
    Wild Promises
    Yes Cadets

    Venues

    The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.

    Tickets

    Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20
    http://entertainment.ie/hwch14.

    HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

    Posted on August 13th, 2014

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    HAWK are a band fronted by Galway lady Julie Hawk, who are now based in London. The band began in 2012 when Julie started working with Matt Harris before Chris Handsley and Sam Campbell rounded out the band.

    It’s Hawk’s vocals that are the main draw here. The band’s debut single ‘Take Off Your Suit’ showcased Hawk’s squeaky timbre and range set to a relatively forgettable musical backing. ‘Seasick Summer’, the lead track from their upcoming The Sum of All Things EP fares better, it has that histrionic voice at its centre and is a free download.

    There’s an acoustic cover of Tears For Fears’ Head Over Heels too:

    The band are touring Ireland next week:

    Live Irish March dates

    Saturday 1st – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
    Tuesday 4th – Dolans – Limerick
    Wednesday 5th – Flirt FM session, Galway
    Thursday 6th – Roisin Dubh – Galway
    Friday 7th – Homebeat – Dublin

    Posted on February 26th, 2014

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