Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The city may be burnt, but the ashes aren't so bad.
Then, I heard something called Hawkboy which apparently has Cody and Aaron (drummer of ACB) in it. Wha?
Which brings me to this: a reunion with the carpet. Hawkboy, to me, did what Miles Davis did to the Jazz scene. Album after album, they blew me away. After the country-laden screamo debut album, the cool, ethereal, and bluesy tones of their sophomore attempt, and the uncompromising final cd, my expectations were definitely up there.
Their new album, titled King Folly (which will include their previous 5 song ep), is a storm. The songs have that long sought after raw feeling, making it seem like you're in the room as they record. Tracks like "Wide Road" and "Gotta Get Out" have a crisp, homegrown aura, using acoustic guitar and drum tones so rich that you can feel the grains on the wood. Balancing out the track list, "Two Bit" and "Scoundrel" provide that eclectic, country-meets-computer sound, juxtaposing southern tone with synth and what sounds like a digital bass line. Then comes the remodeled version of "Pirate Blues" cleverly titled "Irate Blues." Kay, maybe it's not too clever, but I liked it. The latter sounds like a softened version of its predecessor, swapping screams for a muted guitar. It may seem like a simple change at first, until it hits the solo. Originally, I adored the well executed riff; it was nice. Now, I freak out because of how it seems to utilize every inch of my car stereo with a euphoric blend of wittiness and drive, as well as crisper than ice tone. You'll feel it.
Soooo yes, go listen to this band. It may take a few listens, but from my experience, those usually end up being the best bands. I promise I won't bore you with back story next time, and I'll even spend some time on the lyrics. This one seemed long enough without it. But still, goooo listen to Hawkboy. Or As Cities Burn. Every album is different, but they've all got something that's bound to get you hooked. Promise.