The Hawkins launch the single “Jim & Kate“. The track offers an ambivalent mixture of dead seriousness and fun, combining upbeat, super melodic, and experimental garage rock with downhearted lyrics dealing with tattered relationships. “Jim & Kate” is released on all streaming platforms September 3.
The Hawkins‘ lead vocalist and guitarist Johannes Carlsson comments on the single: “‘Jim & Kate’ takes place in the aftermath of a shit hitting the fan. Over and over again. You’re once again standing in the rubble, trying to make sense of what just happened and grasping for pieces to supposedly glue together. Shock and denial mixed with has-tingly trying to fix things. The intro is kind of like that to play as well. It’s a bit like being half awake and thinking you’re late to work.”
Jim & Kate is the third and final single from The Hawkins upcoming, conceptual mini-album “Aftermath“, on which each track tells a story connected to the destructive af-termath of past relationships. The 6 track mini-album will be released on The Sign Re-cords October 15 on LP, CD, and digital formats. ”Aftermath” can be pre-ordered now.
A rock band inside a kitchen during a house fire. An ironic soundtrack to the apocalypse. Lyrically Hyde, sonically Jekyll. With a splendid mix of swing, energy, and punk’n’roll, Sweden’s The Hawkins delivers rock music at its finest. Combining high-flying, infectious melodies with exploding energy and dynamic songwriting into one vibrant soundscape. Blending the best of many worlds, The Hawkins could be described as an encyclopedia of rock.
In 2021 The Hawkins is releasing “Aftermath”. A 6-track mini-album that deals with the aftermath of tattered relationships, anger in between panic attacks, hearing yourself hoping for someone else to save you and finally giving up. With a dark yet humoristic energy The Hawkins goes from plastic jazz to cleithrophobic film music, via bubblegum pop and Rolling Stones -hardcore. Hurtful and fun.
The four members signed a record deal with The Sign Records in 2019 and released their second full-length album “Silence is a Bomb” in the middle of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. Not being able to play shows, they decided to record a select number of songs from the album as a live show in the middle of the woods, a brewery and a barn. The three recording sessions resulted in the 2021 live album “Live in the Woods”.
In 2017 the band’s first full-length album “Ain’t Rock n Roll” came out via Gain Sony Music followed by extensive touring through Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and France. The band even got to teach the love of music at a school in Sachseln, Switzerland. In return, the Swiss kids taught them about extremely strong chewing tobacco.
The Hawkins debut EP “Part II: The Puppet Show” was released in 2014. The same year, The Hawkins played all over their home country including great festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival, Peace & Love and Metallsvenskan. The year also included a Russian tour, driving 1830 miles through a -30°C winter.
Born and raised within a two-square-meter-big Swedish town back in March 2013, Albin, Johannes, Martin, and Mikael have together shared their musical journeys since they plucked their first chords. Initially the four lovers were floating through life. Every rehearsal was colourful; Loud drums, resonant guitar cabs, cheap jokes echoing through the rehearsal building halls and cheap beer flowing like an amber flood. True love had struck the four friends.
But every relationship has its dark moments. In the summer of 2018 the band went touring in Poland and Slovakia. After 1 show the bus broke down in Wrocław, Poland. With practically everything they owned inside it. And the icing on the cake in the face was that Johannes forgot the papers stating his ownership of the bus. Good job, dude. In 2015 while driving to a show, Johannes honestly considered crashing the bus at 110 km/h because he was so fed up with the other three guys. They had only been on the road for 15 minutes. As If that wasn’t enough, while packing for the 2019 UK Tour, The Hawkins had to cancel the whole tour due to booking issues. One day before departure.
But still, here they are in 2021 with the new mini-album “Aftermath”. But despite the dark moments and despite the dark themes surrounding the new mii-album, The Hawkins is not giving up. The relationship grows stronger through the constant aftermath of all the ups and downs. You just gotta balance the value of the ever-flowing variables.