15 songs that define us: HAWK share their playlist

Our band of the week HAWK have compiled a guest playlist of 15 tracks that define them as a band.

From Bowie to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to the Cocteau Twins, it’s a good ‘un.

Listen to the full playlist at the end of this post, and hear what they have to say about the first five tracks below.

1. Grizzly Bear – Sun In Your Eyes

Matt: “I saw these guys play in Seattle at a point where I was losing faith in pursuing music. The main project I was working on was coming to an end and I wasn’t sure what to do. Seeing these guys play live was the turning point. I had really been enjoying ‘Shields’ which had just come out.

“‘Sun in Your Eyes’ was the a high point. It was the most I had enjoyed a gig and I wanted to have that feeling about something I was doing. Julie and I talked, got excited and HAWK was the end result.”

2. Jack Garratt – The Love You’re Given

Julie: “There are a few layers to why this track means a lot to us as a band. First off it’s just insanely good – this track is incredible and we often have this on full blast when we’re on the road. The first time Matt put it on a playlist in the car, he had us all waiting for the sneaky drop at 4:28 and we all basically lost our shit when it happened.

“We used to see Jack playing the same acoustics gigs as we did, back in our open mic days. He consistently stole the show with just the skill of his voice and his guitar mastery. It’s been incredible and inspiring to see what the guy can get up to with a full plethora of instruments and tech. He’s going to take over the universe any minute now.”

3. Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Chris: “In Rainbows was a special album for me – it came out of the blue and ticked all of the boxes of what I look for in an album. It was certainly an inspiration to want to keep pursing music as a career. ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’ was a track that caught me first time and still does. The subtle build up, the off-kilter tension that’s the result of the interplay between the two main guitar parts… the track is immediately identifiable as Radiohead but still unique and fresh.

“The ability to sustain a career as long as they have while continuing to produce inspiring and interesting music is to be applauded, and is something that any artist should aspire to.”

4. Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees

Matt: “A bit of a cheat here as it has two artists that we wanted to include. The sample is a section from ‘Silver Soul’ by Beach House in reverse… which is a great track from a great album.

“There are loads of things that make us keen on Kendrick Lamar. An indie artist who has come up through releases away from major labels and as as a result has an air of authenticity that you can’t argue with. We also listened to him a lot on tour in Ireland and it has become a soundtrack to a fun week.”

5. David Bowie – Space Oddity

Sam: “None of us can keep a straight face when this song comes on. We went to Heart of Gaming for Matt’s birthday and played Rock Band for like two hourse straight.

“Chris’ attempt at the guitar breakdown went very, very wrong. It sounded like a cat coughing up a banjo. We all died a little that day.”

The rest of HAWK’s playlist: 

6. Sigur Ros – Sæglópur
7. Sharon Van Etten – Give Out
8. Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Softshock
9. Björk – Army of Me
10. James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
11. Explosions in the Sky – First Breath after Coma
12. Cocteau Twins – Cherry Coloured Funk
13. Death from Above 1979 – Blood on Our Hands
14. St Vincent – Marrow
15. Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box

Main image: HAWK press

Check out the Spotify playlist here: