- 16 Nov 15
Rising acts you should keep an eye and an ear on
Since the release of the excellent Gold & Silver EP in early 2013, which Hot Press called “a near-epic fusion of old and new”, Hawklion have been perfecting their glistening electro pop sound and working hard on the material that makes up the stellar new Pressure EP.
The four-song release showcases a band that has grown beyond their influences, embracing their own unique brand of expansive pop. “I think we’re settling into our own sound and giving each other more space to play,” says frontman Alec, “The Pressure EP is not as cluttered, there’s more space for things to breathe.”
The desire to simplify extends to their live presentation, “We’ve changed our set up to be able to play bigger and better shows. Believe it or not, that involved stripping back a little bit – really just getting to love guitars, bass and drums again and trying to fill out the sound and create electronic sounds using those ingredients.” However, the move toward a more traditional band set-up won’t see the lads ditching the synths anytime soon, “I think we’ll always use those tools when we’re recording because we know how to use them and we like how they can make things sound. We’re not gonna be all Jack White about it! If it can make something sound better or can convey something you hear in your head, use it.”
Having released the Pressure EP to a sold- out crowd at Whelan’s, and already planning another release for early next year, Hawklion are bound to be an exciting fixture on the coming year’s festival stages.SEE: Hawklion at the Workman’s Club on November 12 and see the excellent video for recent single 'Africa'
HEAR: The Pressure EP