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Riihimäki, Helsinki, Finland (2010 – present)

Death Hawks was put together in Riihimäki, Finland in the spring of 2010 to arrange and record songs by singer Teemu Markkula, but it soon metamorphosed into a real band. The bands intense live shows, with their psychedelic meanderings and in-your-face boogie, soon created an organic hype around the band. Death Hawks released their debut album Death & Decay in February 2012 through Tampere-based GAEA records and the self-titled second album came out September 2013.

Their references, or at least the most obvious ones, come from a variety of sources, from the to , early to , but there is no way you can all the sound pure retro. There is an overabundance of bands influenced by many of the same genres in the global underground, but few of them can rise above crate-digging and pastiche. So, on paper, Death Hawks sounds tiringly familiar, but as a listening experience it hits the spot, thanks to strong songwriting. High praise for the debut album and a reputation as a mind-blowing live act are now fueling hype outside Finland. Heavy touring has made sure Death Hawks’ live gigs have grown even more fierce, showing the crowd what rock once was and what it will be.

The band’s new, self-titled album is a blend of ’70s and . A stream of consciousness where intoxicating shamanistic rhythm meets cool, minimal saxophone, raw guitar shredding and intriguing, elegant keyboard patterns. At the same time, Death Hawks master the very core of rock itself and the polar opposite of it.

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