Chickenhawk will be returning with new album "Modern Bodies" released on 1st November through Leeds label Brew (home to Kong, These Monsters, Humanfly, Castrovalva).
Having covered every inch of the UK touring the country’s length and breadth, the band have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in the country. In support of "Modern Bodies" the band will be joining We Are The Ocean on their upcoming tour in October.
Following a summer of endless UK festivals including Sonisphere, Guilfest, Leeds Festival & Hevy Festival, Hawk are now a live spectacle to behold. Through their hard work and determination, they have been hailed by Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Daniel P Carter and generally lauded where praise for heavy bands is generally not given. Recently Chickenhawk recorded a live session at Maida Vale Studios for Mike Davies Punk Show on BBC Radio 1 & will continue their relentless tour schedule throughout 2010 & 2011.
Leeds based Chickenhawk are: Paul Astick on guitar and vocals; Rob Stephens on guitar; Ryan Clark on bass and Matt Reid on drums. Chickenhawk began in 2005 as a three piece. As their music developed initial drummer/vocalist Astick moved to guitars/vocals and drummer Matt Reid was brought into the fold.
Early releases included a demo recorded with Ross Halden (Pigeon Detectives / Forward Russia) at Ghost Town studios in Leeds. This was followed in 2008 by a self-titled album (limited to 500 copies) released on Sound Devastation Records, recorded in sessions between Chris Fielding (Napalm Death) at Foel Studios in Wales and Jason Sanderson (Errander / Rolo Tomassi) in Barnsley. It was mixed and mastered by Sanderson.
In 2009 Sanderson also recorded their 'A.or Not?' CD EP (released in November 2009), and in the same year the band revisited Halden to record the track 'Scorpieau' which was included on volume 3 of the Dance To The Radio split 4 x 12” series. They shared the sleeve with Ebsen and the Witch, Olfar and Airship and the other volumes also hosted the bands Pulled Apart By Horses, Bear In Heaven and Holy State.
Having consistently toured all over the UK since their inception, they are now reknowned for their energetic performances and often opting to play on the floors of venues within the crowds rather than the cramped stages of intimate venues, Chickenhawk are now a live spectacle to behold. Through their hard work and determination, they have been hailed by Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Daniel P Carter and generally lauded where praise for heavy bands is not normally given. They also recently recorded a live session at Maida Vale Studios for Mike Davies Punk Show on BBC Radio 1.
'I hate this, do you like it?’ they worked with infamous NME photographer Danny North on his directorial video debut. This zombie themed mini epic received over 40,000 views on Youtube within only a few weeks.
Modern Bodies is a culmination of Chickenhawk’s previous limited and out-of-print releases, taking tracks from their debut self-titled album, the A. Or Not? CD EP and the track ‘Scorpieau'. The album has had a variety of guitar and vocal re-workings and has been mixed by Kevin Vanbergen (80's Matchbox B Line Disaster, The Pixies, Gallows) and mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering (Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck).
Drummer Reid also created new artwork for the release working closely with photographer Danny North to capture the feel of the whole record.
2.NASA vs ESA
3.The Let Down
4.Son of CERN
6.I Hate this, do you like it?
7.My Name is Egg
10.Gravitronic Life-ray Table
12. Reverse 2012 (Itunes Exclusive only)
Having performed at twelve different festivals this summer including the likes of Hevy Festival, Camden Crawl Festival, Leeds/Reading, Sonisphere & Offset Festival, Chickenhawk will now continue their relentless touring schedule.Pre-orders will commence on October 1st with limited exclusive t-shirt, poster and download combinations.
Leeds based Chickenhawk are a group of riff thrashing metal bastards from the wrong side of your worst hangover. Take note, their drummer hits harder than the last time you dreamed you were Todd Trainer. This is the perfect raw vocal antidote to chirpy summer sing-along.
“Crazed guitar rock from Leeds….featuring the ‘Beachers Brook’ of guitar solos”
Chickenhawk take just over 3 minutes to annihilate any suspicion of musical conformity. We demand you go and watch them as soon as humanly possible!