DAN HAYWOOD'S NEW HAWKS :: ADAM STEARNS & THE GLASS ANIMALS and guests
Sunday, January 22, 2012
7:00pm until 11:00pm
Dan Haywood's New Hawks are a collection of songs, and also a band, whose epic scope marries transatlantic cosmic roots music with a deeply poetic English folk soul. A rambling, rolling band whose crazed stage presence, with band members swapping instruments and psychic powers amongst themselves and with the audience, has ensured them cult status. The British Isles finally have their own Lambchop - a collective of kindred spirits from across Northern England carefully assembled over time by Haywood, who bring flesh to the album's smart and ever-shifting arrangements with guitars, fiddles, cellos, drums, percussion and more.
"This strong, 32 song album is positively livid with ideas and resists easy categorisation" THE WIRE MAGAZINE
"A wild-eyed mix of cosmic country and chamber-folk......makes for a thrilling noise." UNCUT MAGAZINE
"Charmingly, it succeeds in being both engaging and oddly uplifting while also being as dour in texture as a North Sea shoreline." INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
"Defiantly individual.... Surely a future cult classic, it's raw takes on folk and country are a timeless delight." 24/7 MAGAZINE
"A grand, definitive statement...sacrificing none of his unique poetic elegance for the sake of either conformity or convention " THE LINE OF BEST FIT
"A lifework in its extensive meditations.." SHINDIG MAGAZINE
"The type of record that someone, somewhere is going to fall helplessly in love with - it could even be me..." NORMANS RECORDS
"Epic...fervent and profound" THE FLY
Haywood himself is a compelling frontal figure, orating his adventures with a certain awkward relish and a weird glint in his eye, both the court jester and the king.
Five years in the making and over two hours in length, this thirty-two track, triple vinyl album is both Dan Haywood's New Hawks debut record and final release. The songs are all based on Haywood's personal ruminations charting his experience as a lone songwriter, poet and ornithologist travelling around rural Scotland.
We first heard of Dan Haywood in 2006 from some of our friends in Lancaster. We learned that he had been the leader of the Puma-Sutras, one of that city's most interesting outsider bands of the late 1990s to early 2000s, and that disillusioned on their demise in 2003 he judiciously and secretly chose to relocate to the north coast of Scotland where he lived for the following eighteen months - often exploring unaccompanied, usually studying upland birds and almost always observing the people he met on his travels.
On his return to Lancaster, a reclusive Haywood brought the majority of these songs to life in a month long creative burst and then assembled a band of kindred spirits to perform and capture the arrangements on record. Over time the band expanded to an eight piece and during the following years they painstakingly pieced together the entire New Hawks album in various country churches, schools and village halls near to their home city, while also taking their live performances around England and Scotland.
The finished record is uncompromising in its dramatic, personal and raw interpretation - marrying country rock, folk and psychedelic influences, alongside Haywood's ardent vocals. The instrumentation and arrangements are sometimes sparse, sometimes exquisite and sometimes cacophonous, with the band utilising guitars, fiddles, cellos, drums, pedal steel, piano and percussion along with some minimal use of bass, bongos and harmonium.
Haywood himself semi-humorously defines his music as "country and northern" or "upland cathartidelia" and alludes to his tunes as "odes to the wilds of Caithness and Sutherland that are one-part therapy and two-parts dementia!."
Their live shows are fresh and energising - the supple song structures and Haywood's surreal inter song banter mean that each show is unique. They have played alongside acts including A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Alasdair Roberts and Directing Hand.
The Third Door (View)
46 Lothian Street (not Road)
Edinburgh EH1 1HB
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|