With their rustic, laidback sound, the guitar-driven foursome Hawk are not out to reinvent the wheel––we just wish they would spin it with more force and freshness. Instead, material like “Mother Road,” “I’m On Fire” and “Higher” seem cut from the same cloth, and lull the listener. The band’s strength lies in its guitar tone––plenty of snarling, biting distortion and an occasional solo that brings the heat. But we feel this band needs to ask itself––what is our defining factor, what sets us apart from so many other bands with this sound? First order of business is for its shy lead singer to become more of a presence. Some well- timed backup singing could add a gust of vocal power that’s now missing.
Hawk - "I'm On Fire"