HAWKING is a Progressive Alternative Rock band from Vancouver, Canada known for combining powerful, melodic vocals with surgically tight, interlocking guitar work and heavily syncopated rhythms to yield a sound as viscerally addictive as it is impactful.
Since their inception in 2013, progressive alternative rockers HAWKING have gone about combining powerful, melodic vocals with surgically tight, interlocking guitar work and syncopated rhythms to yield a sound as viscerally addictive as it is impactful.
Despite their unwavering DIY ethic and reputation for being one of Canada’s hardest-touring bands, HAWKING’s production – both on record and at their notoriously intense and dramatic live shows – is far from amateur. Accompanied by an elaborate light show, HAWKING exude the confidence and delivery akin to that of many of their more well-known contemporaries.
Underpinned by their passionate and honest approach to songwriting and storytelling, HAWKING’s latest release Diverge is at the forefront of the band’s arsenal as they continue to conquer international shores with their ambitious and appealing brand of rock.
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"This is one of those bands where you almost get angry at the fact they’re not a bigger thing. I discovered HAWKING by pure luck and it has been one of the things I’ve listened to the most during the last months. These guys have made me an eternal fan."
"With significant elements of progressive-metal, the modern-rock bent of the material is radio-friendly and there is nothing wrong with that. Because HAWKING is full of surprises. Just check the hyper-tight finger snaps and proto-R&B married to MUSE-ish arena rock of Comfortable or hyper-time shifts, vocal swoops and full-on-metal arpeggiation in the first single, Broken Glass. I’m reminded of both THRICE and mellower moments of PROTEST THE HERO"
"Where complex time signature changes meet intricate guitar work is where math rock lives. Complicated rhythms are on deck, often made more than clear by the bands as they demonstrate their skills to the point where the whole genre can feel like a talent contest. HAWKING steps in here to try and sway the public opinion, retaining the constantly changing grooves but adding in some much needed catchy vocal hooks."
9.5/10 "The only thing I can say about HAWKING is wow. Alt Rock mixed with technical bits from the likes of POLYPHIA. It’s certainly a refreshing sound and it’s pieced together perfectly. Tom’s vocals soar perfectly over the drums and guitars. I feel this is a masterpiece in the over saturated scene."
9/10 "HAWKING have those chops where their rhythm playing is just as percussive as the drums. Intricate math-rock postrock jamgasms complete with fretboard tapping, syncopative double bass pedalling, group chant choruses? I want this band to play at my briss. Not just because I want to hear them louder than humanly possible, but because I want to stand three feet from each fretboard and stare agape at both their picking and fingering finger-bunches."
4.1/5 "HAWKING's Diverge shows remarkable maturity. There is such a cornucopia of rock subgenres on this album I’m having a hard time knowing where to start. HAWKING showcases a mixture of sounds that could be defined as CHON meets TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, with a bit more emphasis on the math rock riffs."
ACHIEVEMENTS & HISTORY
- JUNOfest 2018 Top Billing & Headline Slot
- Direct Support for NINJASPY and THE BODY POLITIC November 2018
- Diverge North American tour 2017 (26 dates)
- Kerrang! Radio Premiere of single 'Catalyst' July 2017
- 'Comfortable' Single Release Canadian tour 2016 (18 dates)
- Indie Week Canada 2016
- North American EP release tour 2015 (42 dates)
- US West Coast tour 2014 (18 dates)
- Canadian EP release tour 2014 (30 dates)
- Direct Support for FOXING and GATES 2014
HAWKING PROUDLY ENDORSES
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