album "Sun Future Moon" out 13.11.2015 on Svart Records◄
Finnish town of Tampere is often called the “Manchester of Finland”.
That’s mainly due to its industrial background, but it also works in a
musical sense. Just like in Manchester, people in Tampere were always
drawn to making music. In the early seventies Rock music from there
even got its own genre: “Manserock”.
DEATH HAWKS look like they have come straight from that era. Teemu
Markkula, Tenho Mattila, Miikka Heikkinen and Riku Pirttiniemi have
long hair, big beards and they wear leather vests with tassles. So what
else should they play than Psychedelic-Rock? The guitar sings the
Blues, the organ is often reminiscent of The Doors. Sometimes there’s a
bit of Krautrock or Folk on top while other songs see Death Hawks
indulge in heavy guitar riffs or even a saxophone solo. Live, this
results in a fierce musical excess!
DEATH HAWKS was put together 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.
DEATH HAWKS is a timeless band. Its references, or at least the most
obvious ones, come from a variety of sources, from the blues to
psychedelia, early heavy metal to krautrock, but there is no way you
can all the sound pure retro. Theres 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.
Death Hawks, the psychedelic rock group with the intoxicating
concoction of modern music and aquarian era aesthetics have signed to
Finland-based Svart Records. The group’s third studio
album, Sun Future Moon, is set for release on November 13th 2015.
upcoming album sounds even bigger, more diverse and more beautiful. The
band has succeeded in broadening its expression in every
element, be it in composition, instrumentation or thematics. The songs
explore ancient mythical astrology and the cosmos within the modern
man. These themes line up organically with the expanding Death Hawks
discography, while simultaneously ushering in a new time, a concept of
new age even, for the band. To put it simply, we strived to create a
melodic, fascinating gem of an album", vocalist/guitarist
Teemu Markkula describes.
Tomi Pulkki from Svart Records perceives the progression positively: "Death Hawks embody creativity
and forward thinking in the Finnish music scene, and they definitely
share our international frame of mind. So we were thrilled to discover
a chance to work together. I'm confident that the upcoming album will
be blowing minds all over."
Death Hawks' manager Esa Tontti comments concisely: "We felt Svart Records was a
good choice, a good home for the band and we believe they will prepare
the way even further internationally for the Death Hawks."
The release of the new album will see Death Hawks embark on an
extensive Finnish tour with none other than the legendary Circle. The
tour kicks off on October 31st in Hämeenlinna and concludes in Lahti on