Self-proclaimed makers of “rock and riffs” Hawk Eyes have come a long way since their formation in 2004. Hailing from Leeds, they were part of the now famous underground hardcore scene. Their 2012 debut album Ideas was released and received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Having just released their new EP That’s What This Is I was lucky enough to catch an interview with the band, where they talk about Huey Lewis, telling the truth, and their love for service stations.
AMBY: Hello Hawk Eyes, cheers for speaking to AMBY! What’s the band been up to?
Hawk Eyes: Hello Amby, thanks for speaking to Hawk Eyes. Aswell as playing festivals across Europe we’re about to release a new EP ‘That’s What This Is’ on August 19th in the UK. We are also finishing off an album. At somepoint in the hopefully near future we are planning some time to sit down.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of the band in one word?
Hawk Eyes: Ohhhhh this is a question destined to cause problems. Here’s an awkward answer that avoids the question or maybe it doesn’t.
Ryan – Shear, Paul – Torque, Robert – Thrust, Steven – Drag
AMBY: Your new EP That’s What This Is will be released August 19th. Which songs are your favourite off the EP?
Hawk Eyes: My favourite 4 songs from the EP are That’s What This is, Cheap, More Than a Million and Never Never, Just Not Now. It’s very hard to pick a favourite at the moment because they are all so new, although I still have memories of being locked up in a freezing warehouse recording the drums so maybe none of them are my favourite.
AMBY: What was the inspiration behind the EP’s title That’s What This Is?
Hawk Eyes: It’s all about ‘That.’ What is ‘That’ you ask? That is what this is, just that, it’s that.
AMBY: Witchhunt is an incredible-sounding song. What’s the track about?
Hawk Eyes: Unfortunately I am not Paul, I could make up a silly story but that would be silly and a story. Another helpful answer from Hawk Eyes.
AMBY: Does hailing from Leeds have an influence on your music? And if so, how?
Hawk Eyes: Of course, Leeds has always been a place full of creative individuals. It is full of bands, artists, film makers, promoters. We’ve been influenced by a whole host of Leeds bands on a personal and musical level. BlacklistersTheseMonstersHumanflyGrammaticsRedStarsParadeTangaroa to name a few. Ever since we became a band we’ve been lucky enough to gig with and go on tour with a lot of these bands. It has a real DIY attitude but not the DIY attitude where you sing from the rooftoops that you are DIY. Genuine, hardworking, creative people. Must be something in the water.
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to you at a gig?
Hawk Eyes: I really like it when people come to our gigs and stand right at the front with their fingers in their ears looking like they are having the worst time ever. Something for the ego!
AMBY: Who are the last artists you listened to?
Hawk Eyes: I listened to Huey Lewis and the News’ ‘Fore’ today.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
Hawk Eyes: No one is allowed to lie. Ever.
AMBY: What’s the best song of 2013?
Hawk Eyes: I like Madness by Muse and No Easy Way Out by Robert Tepper.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Hawk Eyes that nobody knows yet?
Hawk Eyes: We really like flight cases and service stations.
Thank you Hawk Eyes, for giving us your answers!