Friday, April 06, 2007


Ladyhawk awakens in a trash-filled, "morning after" apartment in East Vancouver, British Columbia. Duffy, Darcy, Sean, and Ryan arise, pick up their instruments and head out into the heathen city, singing songs about life and love. They are rockers and dreamers -- still trapped in their apple country teenage minds, looking for girls and kicks, and mining their teenage quarries from the inside-out. Growing up together as the best of friends, Ladyhawk have stories that radiate with the presence of all four members. Their self-titled debut on Jagjaguwar is a stomping and sweaty ride through the Vancouver streets that they all know well, as viewed from the seats of a bruised and doorless Astro Van. In this ride, you can't help but feel that you will fall out and you will fall down, and your joints will all be sore at the end of the trip.

Ladyhawk's core is bracing rock. Neil Young's Tonight's The Night is the hailstorm on the hood of The Replacements Let It Be, while distorted guitars invoke the thread and swerve of Silkworm and Dinosaur Jr. Helped along the way by Amber Webber (vocals) and Josh Wells (percussion, organ, singing) of Black Mountain, it will be hard to find a more hauntingly beautiful set of rock music than this debut. It was recorded and mixed, with the help of Black Mountaineers Wells and Matthew Camirand, in the "Karachi Vice" clubhouse, in the back of a furniture factory, amongst chicken and fish processing plants. With some of the more "inexpensive" ladies of the night scattered about, it captures the bottlenecked frenzy of their much-loved live show. There, each night, these grown-up kids at heart fall over, get right back up, cry on shoulders and fold the day in halves, watching the sun come up over the dashboard.

Following a series of triumphant performances at SXSW, the guys in Vancouver's Ladyhawk are taking their incendiary live show on the road. The first leg of the tour finds them teaming up with Constantines for some pure rock 'n' roll nights throughout Central and Western Canada. Soon after the completion of the Cons/'Hawk extravaganza, Ladyhawk hooks up with Tapes N' Tapes to cut a swathe across the U.S.

While fans of Ladyhawk's debut will be pleased to know those songs still form the crux of Ladyhawk's performance, what makes these shows so exciting is that it's a chance to hear songs from the band's upcoming (release date: May 22) six-song EP, "Fight For Anarchy", as well as from their as yet unnamed second album. Due out in spring 2008, the new disc was recorded by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Pink Mountaintops, Lightning Dust, etc). It may seem like a long way off, but time flies and excitement's in the air.

Ladyhawk - War (from EP)
Ladyhawk - The Dugout (from s/t)
Ladyhawk @ MySpace

Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle + The Sea & The Rhytm [EP] !!!
Pete Miser - Camouflage Is Relative + Radio Free Brooklyn !!!
Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day !!!
The Magnetic Fields - i !!!
Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Slowdive - Just For A Day
Air - Talkie Walkie
Leonard Cohen - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists !!!
Wintersleep - Wintersleep !!!
Mono - One Step More And You Die !!!
Silver Mt. Zion - Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward !!!
Autechre - Amber + Incunabula !!!
Godspeed You Black Empeeror - Slow Riot For New Canada + Lift Your Skinny Fists... !!!
DJ Shadow - In Tune And On Time !!!
Fall Out Boy - Under The Cork Tree
Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out
Rasputina - Thanks For The Ether
Getz-Gilberto - Girl From Ipanema


Blogger JETHRO said...

awesome, i've been looking for some wintersleep to check out. Thanks. love "jaws of life"

7:11 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

thanks for the Iron&Wine links! trying to get my hands on the creek drank the cradle for ages.

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Marie said...

Props to you for putting up some Stand Getz...

I love Bossa Nova swankness

6:04 AM  
Anonymous stanhalen said...

Stand Getz? With a "d" at the end?!?! C'mon Marie. As a "Stan" myself, I take umbrage at that blatant lack of respect for the name "Stan."

It's like saying "I love Marvel Comics, especially stuff by Stand Lee."

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please Put on your blog the sixty rock' discs: the kinks, the byrds, the jokers...plaese...please!!

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for ages ive searched for this slowdive album, thanks for the link, more power to you

1:10 PM  

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