Needle Drop: HAWK, “Once Told”

HAWK have been firm favourites here at The Vinyl District for a long time now, so it’s only right to investigate their latest release, “Once Told.”

The four-piece have moved on from their more folkier inclinations toward the indie rock spectrum, yet have retained a tinge of their former sound. “Once Told” is not only stylistically fantastic, it’s also a track with a very important message with activism at its heart. Focusing on Ireland’s abortion laws and wider issues around pregnancy, sexuality, and contraception, the band reveal the country’s “archaic mindsets and processes which systemically lets down women, especially those in more vulnerable circumstances.”

Irish-born lead singer Julie Hawk’s unique vocals are on point here, breaking down walls and speaking to the laws of Ireland—and it’s a powerful message on all accounts and one to be recognised. Sounding darker and grungier than ever, HAWK have raised their bar dramatically.

“Once Told,” in stores on February 19th, is taken from HAWK’s forthcoming self-tilted EP, which is out on April 15, 2016 via Veta Records.

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