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Tip of the Week: Hawk Eyes - Headstrung

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Tom Young Tom Young | 16:12 UK time, Monday, 3 September 2012

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We've already told the story of Hawk Eyes on our Reading & Leeds Festival pages but it's worth telling again for those unfamiliar with their beginnings.

Until the end of the 2011, the band were known as Chickenhawk, a fearsome hardcore quartet from Leeds who toured with Alexisonfire and We Are The Ocean and played our stage at Reading Festival in 2009. After the name change, lead singer Paul Astick was advised by his doctor to tone down his beastly vocals to avoid doing permanent damage.

One listen to Headstrung, which is being played on BBC Radio 1 all week, and you'll wonder if Paul really is obeying doctor's orders. It's a tremendous vocal performance over bigger-than-your-house riffs bolstered by a punctuating melody and ear catching bursts of guitar flair. For some it'll remind them of Deftones, for others Alexisonfire or the Foo Fighters. For most it'll just be one of the catchier and fun alternative rock tracks they've heard on BBC Radio 1 and beyond for sometime.

Headstrung features on Ideas, the band's first album since their name change. You can find out more about the band on their website and see highlights from their set at Reading this year online.

Let us know what you make of the track in the comments below.


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