Bands to Watch #257: Youngblood Hawke

By on Tuesday, 9th October 2012 at 12:00 pm

This L.A. band has whet my appetite just enough to play their self-titled, four track EP quite a few times in a row. Youngblood Hawke brings to mind carefree, happy nights and endless rounds of brightly-colorred cocktails. It’s the stuff of “music saved my life” exclamations. Shimmery indie pop with enough California to be identifiable without languishing into hippiedom, the songs can pull you from a funk to frolic. One of my favorite things in music is a big drum sound. If you’ve got a boring drummer, you are going to lose me faster than if you sing off key! Not quite a guitar band, not keyboard heavy either, Youngblood Hawke has drumming that really blends it all into a joyful noise, the way it should be as far as I am concerned.

With a dancing, bouncy meter, the first track ‘We Come Running’ is reminiscent of Passion Pit. It came as no surprise to me then that they are who they are supporting in America at the moment. Score! Good pairing for them, and I feel they will find an expansive welcome from any punters there early enough to catch their set. Penned as a personal anthem for the band to continue to reach for their goals, this first song can easily be the call to action for any of us with unfulfilled dreams. However, it was the next track, ‘Stars (Hold On)’, that grabbed me: “hold on, hold on, the stars are bound to change/ hold on, hold on, wait for another day/ hold on, hold on, the future’s not that far away.” There is just enough youthful exuberance to convince you that this too shall pass if you are fighting with difficult choices.

Although the two friends from a previous band, Sam Martin and Simon Katz, started this new project to explore a less commercial side of music, I’m afraid they may have hit upon yet another formula that will provide the same kind of success that they formerly labeled as ‘commercial’. Maybe they will handle it better this time. Their EP, which you can stream below, was released in August and while only touring the U.S. at the moment, keep your eyes peeled for them.

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