Album Review: Hawk Eyes – “Everything Is Fine”
Since their last album Ideas in 2011, Hawk Eyes have been touring the country in a workman-like fashion playing gigs all over the place, enhancing their reputation to a major degree. During that time they have unveiled a number of new tracks which have whet fan appetites for more new material, and with their new album, Everything is Fine, those fans are not going to be disappointed.
From the outset, it’s easy to see the maturity and growth in the sound of Hawk Eyes as a band. The opening track The Trap has a huge, epic feel to it, with a big chorus that makes the hairs on my arm stand up every time I listen to it. This really sets the tone for the rest of the album, with tracks like The Ambassador, Permission, and the first single Die Trying.
Keen observers will notice that one of the stand-out tracks on the album seems somewhat familiar. More Than A Million appeared on the pledge-only EP This Is What That Was And That’s What This Is in 2013. As this is a pledge album, as well as getting a commercial release, I can imagine some will find that slightly galling, but for me it was one of the strongest tracks on the EP, and it works incredibly well in the context of Everything is Fine, with an ear worm of a chorus, and a phenomenal, intense melody.
Other highlights from the record include I Never lose, which has a really chunky sound to it, and the title track, Everything is Fine. The album concludes with TFF, which works as a perfect bookend to The Trap as the album opener, giving the record a real sense of balance, and a consistently unique quality that makes it an excellent listen from start to finish.
Hawk Eyes have a great sound, making excellent use of duelling vocals and big riffs, but it’s the drumming and bass that really underpins everything, which allows for a more expansive sound that strays off the rails in thrilling and often unpredictable fashion.
If Modern Bodies was the rough around the edges, raw debut, and Ideas was the more polished, but much more produced second album, Everything is Fine is a more complete package, showing a growth in the scope and breadth of range that befits a band of Hawk Eyes stature, but also suggests they could go on to be even better; which is a mouth-watering proposition when you consider this might well be an early contender for album of the year in 2015. Everything is not only fine, but very exciting indeed.