If Hawkmoon were a band from the Seattle Grunge Movement they’d be The Posies for sure. What this basically equates to is that instead of the angst, punk rock, heavy metal, psychedelia, Minor Threat / Black Flag infused hardcore and classic / hard rock hat tips that the big seven illustrated (Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Melvins, Mudhoney, Alice In Chains and Screaming Trees), Hawkmoon favour power pop. That’s not to say that Hawkmoon sound or have pop skills like The Posies but it does give you a good starting point as to the spirit that is alive in their music.
The band has just released a new single called “Bull at a Gate” and it is a straightforward slab of Australiana flavoured power pop. The sound and mood of this track harks back to the mid to late 90’s and early 00’s where bands like Powderfinger, Custard and You Am I dominated that youth demographic of 18 to 24 and served as the soundtrack to a summer spent doing wonderfully pointless things in New Farm Park whilst fighting a “three bottles of wine” hangover and trying ever so hard to impress girls named Emily and Jill and Beth who are more interested in ecstasy culture as opposed to rock guitars now that they have returned from London.
That’s not to say that “Bull at a Gate” is totally suffocated by Nostalgia; there are modern flourishes in the dynamics that inch themselves towards bands like The Black Keys and Kings of Leon with textures and tones that show a heavy amount of hero worship towards anything and everything Homme. This is indeed a song in its more traditional sense with adequate verses, chorus’, bridges and appropriate reprises that is kept together with a rhythmic swagger and healthy yet all too familiar melody.
As a song it works but in terms of sonic evolution for the history of music and Hawkmoon themselves (compared to their first EP) it falls short but as I always maintain, sincerity is the key to authenticity and Hawkmoon communicate with an excited sense of glee allowing for the overall vibe of “Bull at a Gate” to sound convincing. It is that conviction that allows those thirsty for nostalgia and meat and potatoes to eat this song up.
My tastes are more geared towards weirdness within the pop music and rock n roll formats so it can be hard for me to get overwhelmed by “Bull at a Gate” as a song but I think that as previously mentioned, it is its sincerity that makes me believe that with time Hawkmoon will find their way to that weirdness and find their own unique way to communicate pop music to the world.
The new single by Hawkmoon is called “Bull at a Gate” and it is a power pop adventure with a rhythm and blues swagger framed nicely with a pure Brisbane melody. All in All a solid illustration of songwriting and 1990’s rock n roll fury.
By: Dan Newton
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