The Hawkeyes “The Hawkeyes” EP
Pittsburgh prodigal rock sons, The Hawkeyes plan to release their debut album, 'Goodbye Americana' later in the year and as a foretaste have this 4-track EP on offer. Mid-West rock-based Americana has never sounded so good.
The boys demonstrate in no uncertain terms their ability to rock your socks off without, I hasten to add, over-doing the rockin’ or it ever becoming near messy. When it comes to purveyors of rock‘n’roll the band spit it out with a refreshing sharpness. The rhythm section is tight, lead vocals, big and strong, and like the guitar playing posses lots of finely tempered verve.
Formed in 2010 from members of The Jay Wiley Band and The Country Music Gas Station The Hawkeyes; Jay Wiley (guitar, vocals, harmonica), Bob Pickman (guitar, vocals), Colin Bronnenkaunt (drums, vocals) and Brain Chalmers (bass, vocals) write their own material and like the music it is right up there with no flaws.
“Junior’s Night Out” is a belter, starts off speaking of how Junior is out smoking and drinking. The story is played out to an incessant rhythm (in part it reminds me of Jo-El Sonnier's version of Richard Thompson's “Tear Stained Letter” such the release of power) with the lead vocals barked out. It is one of those hard drinking, party songs where things get out of hand and a price to pay. It ends with his old lady shooting him with his own gun as he comes home at 3.0am drunk and smelling of perfume! It is a hard-hitting track with lots of raw, but not overtly so electric guitar. Of the other three tracks each one has particularly strong points. As in the rocking “Joe” that speaks of ‘like a devil on his knees’, as for the final cut “7 & A Quarter” is a bustling type piece that pulls up the tracks and other than “Junior’s Night Out” it would be the star attraction. Even better than the country rock heart-pounding beer drinking “Double E”. For more, then go buy yourself a copy and a six-pack to go with it..,or a bottle of whisky.