Earlier this year I See Hawks In LA brought out a new album, ‘Live and Never Learn‘, a full and long five years after their previous masterpiece ‘Mystery Drug‘. The new album drew on recent hard times experienced by band members – deaths of close family members being the worst – through its evolution and delivered another set of superb songs. We said right here that ‘Mystery Drug‘ has “a wide brush of scenery and humanity and fine details of emotion and small but significant scenes. It’s organic, and it’s real. It’s some album (10/10)”. And we liked ‘Live and never Learn‘ pretty much with the same fervour “I See Hawks in L.A. have succeeded in recording an album that both showcases their own distinctive musical talents whilst, whether by design or accident, tapping into some of the heart and soul of 70’s California. And that is no bad thing“.
So here’s no surprise: we’re bursting with excitement of the announcement of more than just a handful of concerts in the coming months. July and August will have I See Hawks in LA criss-crossing the country from tiny house concerts to festival appearances. It will be amazing, of that we’re sure. By the end of the tour the band will have the 17th anniversary of the release of their eponymous debut – on September 11, 2001. They didn’t get rich, they didn’t get famous, and yet they’re still here, perhaps benefitting artistically from the rocky passage. The rich flavour of battered soul. It’s clear these Hawks are in it for the music, for each other, and for the adventure of it all.
Thu 19 London Green Note
Fri 20 Cwmcarn, nr. Caerphilly Cwmcarn Hotel
Sat 21 Cardiff Boomswinger Bluegrass Club, The Mackintosh Institute
Tue 24 Merseyside Grateful Fred House Concert
Wed 25 Bristol The Canteen
Thu 26 High Wycombe Kingsmead House Concert
Fri 27 Dinton, nr. Aylesbury Dinton Parish Church
Sat 28 Ecton, nr. Northampton The Three Horseshoes
Sun 29 Worcester Marrs Bar
Mon 30 Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe
Wed 1 Bardowie, nr. Glasgow House Concert
Thu 2 Thurso, Highland Mr C’s Bar
Fri 3 Belladrum, nr. Inverness Tartan Heart Festival, Trailer Trash Stage
Sat 4 Belladrum, nr. Inverness Tartan Heart Festival, Potting Shed
Sun 5 Isle of Skye House Concert
Wed 8 Leeds Seven Arts
Thu 9 Nottingham The Maze
Fri 10 Scarborough Woodend Gallery
Sat 11 Acklington, Northumberland Country Cantina Festival, Acklington Village Hall NB. Noon Show
Sat 11 West Kirby, Wirral West Kirby Arts Centre
Sun 12 Worth Matravers, nr. Swanage The Square & Compass
Oh – and we love, I mean really love, this song written by the band’s drummer Victoria Jacobs. It was actually her brother’s parka….