Awakening from a shared stoned-apocalyptic prophetic hallucination, Hawkeyes formed around a shared philosophy of “Tune Down, Turn Up”. By eschewing traditional song-structure in favour of volume and time-travel, Hawkeyes have created a uniquely monolithic sound, one they self-describe as a “chaotic, psychedelic brand of space rock” that is greatly indebted to their passion for sound-bending, fuzzpriest-built effects pedals, custom built guitars and basses and hugely over sized drums and cymbals. With these tools, Hawkeyes are able to simultaneously abuse the ears and massage the psyches of anyone foolish enough to bear witness.
- Last Light Of Future Failure (2019) [WAV/Cardinal Fuzz]. The follow-up to 2015’s Poison Slows You Down, Last Light Of Future Failure is a different Hawkeyes. Though four long years have passed between long-players, those keeping score could have charted the band’s growth over the course of sporadic split-releases with psych-brethren Shooting Guns, Radiation Flowers, and their Morricone-esque contribution to the Return Of The Son Of Gutbucket compilation. No longer are Hawkeyes merely a punishing, claustrophobic, maelstrom of doom. 2019 Hawkeyes have no such limits. Heavy still reigns, but subtlety, texture, and myriad other ancillary instruments colour these four swirling tracks in ways previously unheard. The marching, eastern-tinged “The Lickening” brings listeners back to the classic stoned-nod before the quicksilver freak-out, “Look At ‘Em Scramble”, levels all in its path. “Nude Karate” is legitimately danceable, its fuzzed phasers racing to the finish, battling for air with whirring synths. “Full Of Secrets”, the cinematic full-side closer, reveals itself slowly, like a Kubrick-directed nightmare. Recorded in their northern headquarters, the Order Of The Ape, by guitarist Ryan Allen, Last Light Of Future Failure is Hawkeyes’ finest work. Without fear or pretense, they have finally delivered on the panoramic interstellar overdrive they’ve been not so quietly mastering since their debut. Hawkeyes are Ryan Allen (guitar), Ron Cybulskie (guitar), Patrick Finch (guitar), Chris Gardner (guitar), Rob Keith (bass), and Stacey Schmitt (drums).