- 22 Sep 22
Following the release of their new single ‘Miracles,’ Hawke The Band’s Richie Power discusses songwriting influences, growing up in the Liberties, and recording in Abbey Road.
What was the inspiration behind your new single, ‘Miracles’?
It’s about doubt versus hope, something very relatable, particularly for people in their twenties who have so many major life decisions to face. It’s like those two different voices on either shoulder any time you try to do something: one telling you why you should do it and the other filling you with doubt. In the song, we try to show that hope is the voice that wins because realistically, without hope, what do we have?
How has Dublin influenced your music?
We’ve travelled a lot now and there’s just no place like it. I grew up in a block of flats in the Liberties and it shaped who I am as a person. A lot of people consider it a disadvantage to come from an area like that (and rightly so, in some ways), but it’s something I consider myself very lucky for. It’s full of characters, so in terms of songwriting influences, it’s a dream. When there’s people like Imelda May or Mark from The Script who come from the same place, that inspires you and gives you belief in your vision.
What was it like to record in Abbey Road?
The inspiration was dripping off the walls – literally! Every corridor is covered in film scores and Number 1 albums. It’s one of those places that you know has been full of greatness. One of the days when we were recording, Eoghan left to go to the jacks and bumped into Nile Rodgers. It was madness! That doesn’t happen in our little home studio.
You’ve been described by Aslan as “ones to watch”. What can people expect from you in the coming months?
New music. Hawke the Band are writing a lot and we’ve had some songs signed to publishing agreements. We’re also playing with some big promoters in the UK, so there will definitely be more shows. Hopefully we’ll just get bigger, and bigger opportunities will come our way!
• ‘Miracles’ is available on streaming platforms now.
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