GET TO KNOW: HAWKE THE BAND
Photo: Grace Phillips
After spending the last few months unleashing a bold and blistering array of pop-rock anthems, Dublin-based duo HAWKE THE BAND are back at it once again as they unveil their latest release 'Limo'.
Filled with all the same rich and soaring textures they have been exploring of late, 'Limo' sees the pair return in stellar form. With its vibrant textures, killer hooks, and explosive chorus to boot, these guys are certainly setting their sights on big things in the near future.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
Eoghan: The first instrument I ever played was the tin whistle. Followed by the violin (which I had to hide walking in and out of school to avoid the slagging! Ha ha). And then the third one I tried, which I then fell in love with, was the guitar.
Richie: Guitar, badly. I think I got turned off it then for a while but …….
What was the first album you remember owning?
Eoghan: ‘Master Of Puppets’ by Metallica. My taste in music has well and truly softened since.
Richie: Look, I’d be only lying if I gave ye a definite answer to that. I’m sure it was probably a bit of Akon or 50 Cent or something back in the early 00s, but I couldn’t be absolutely sure.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and, if so, what did they sound like?
Eoghan: Yes I did - and they sounded shit! Ah no, it was a naive attempt at a Britpop band.
Richie: I actually didn’t, no, unlike most musicians. I never really took music seriously until after school, other than the odd shower concert I’d put on for all the bottles of shampoo watching me from me bathroom shelf (ha ha). That and a few school shows, but I never really put much time or energy into it until after school really.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Eoghan: ‘Champagne Supernova’ by the legends themselves.
Richie: Ah, it’d have to be auld Johnny Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ I’d say. Actually, ‘Fairytale Of New York’ is an absolute banger and the royalties you’d get every Christmas would have ye in the best of clothes every Christmas morning (ha ha).
What has been the most thrilling moment creating your own music?
Eoghan: Going for a p*ss in Abbey Road Studios during a recording session and bumping into Nile Rodgers.
Richie: Probably performing songs we wrote in me bedroom in the Flats, to a sold out 8,000 capacity outdoor venue supporting Dublin legends Aslan. A night I’ll never forget as long as I live.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Eoghan: Disagreements in musical direction for certain songs. Myself & Rich would be quite passionate when we feel a song has potential and sometimes, when we both feel strongly but differently to each other, that can become quite stressful. Though it is better to have a couple of ideas than none at all!
Richie: Being deprived of gigs for the last year and a bit. Live gigging is one of the main things I love about music and being without that for the last number of months has been frustrating alright.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Eoghan: Coldplay, so I could tell Chris Martin to stop apologising for being f**king epic.
Richie: Same as Eoghan to be fair - good auld Christopher and the boys of Coldplay.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Eoghan: Croke Park Stadium in Dublin - absolutely no doubt about it. Either on-stage performing or in the chip-van in the car park. (The former is preferable, but I do have a mate who actually runs a chip van there).
HAWKE THE BAND's new single 'Limo' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.