Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review -- LADYHAWK -- Jagjaguwar

Ladyhawk is an indie rock band out of B.C., who have put together a very solid debut album in the case of Shots.The CD starts off with I Don't Always Know What You're Saying, a song typical of what LadyHawk offers up. It is straight rock. They don't scream lyrics and build walls of guitar to cater to metal heads, and they don't twist in pop or punk rifts to cross that path either. No, this is honest rock, and in an era where gimmicks often overshadow music, that is refreshing.
The music here is carried by real rock instrumentation, the drum and bass used to lay the foundation, the guitars building the music from there.
The lyrics are at times darker, with song titles that includes Corose Paint, Fear, (I'll Be Your) Ashtray and Faces of Death. That isn't a bad thing since the best rock is often a tad on the dark side, since it draws out the basic emotions of humanity. Ladyhawk is working on that premise, and for the most part they get it right. This is music that will get you involved in its performance. That alone warrants a recommendation.
As far as a killer cut the nod here goes to Faces of Death. There is some sweet guitar work, and vocally the harmonies are smooth and add depth to the sound.
The next cut; Night You're Beautiful, works too. The tempo is a nice change of pace from Faces of Death, and it takes the listener to a different place. Well-staged.
The band includes Duffy Dried guitar, Darcy Hancock lead guitar, Sean Hawryluk bass Guitar and, Ryan Peters drums. All four contribute vocals.
If you like you rock honest, you can't go far wrong searching out LadyHawk.
Check them out at www.myspace.com/ladyhawk

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper March 11, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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