13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With it’s euphoric energy and sing-along chorus, “We Come Running” introduced Youngblood Hawke with a breakthrough single that brimmed with youthful optimism and borrowed the bright sonic palate of ’80s synth-rock. The self-titled debut album from the L.A. quintet possesses similarly unhinged creative oomph, using wailing tom-toms, group-sung countermelodies, and blasting synthesizers to fuel every catchy hook. “Say Say,” “Stars (Hold On),” and “Rootless” are some of the triumphant standouts that would play well alongside convincing indie rock optimists like Phoenix and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With it’s euphoric energy and sing-along chorus, “We Come Running” introduced Youngblood Hawke with a breakthrough single that brimmed with youthful optimism and borrowed the bright sonic palate of ’80s synth-rock. The self-titled debut album from the L.A. quintet possesses similarly unhinged creative oomph, using wailing tom-toms, group-sung countermelodies, and blasting synthesizers to fuel every catchy hook. “Say Say,” “Stars (Hold On),” and “Rootless” are some of the triumphant standouts that would play well alongside convincing indie rock optimists like Phoenix and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

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About Youngblood Hawke

Cut from the same colorful cloth as upbeat indie pop contemporaries like Fun., Jukebox the Ghost, Walk the Moon, and Imagine Dragons, Youngblood Hawke, named after a 1961 Herman Wouk novel based on the life of Thomas Wolfe, was formed in 2011 by former members of new wave revivalists Iglu and Hartly. Featuring the talents of longtime friends Sam Martin and Simon Katz, along with Tasso Smith, Alice Katz, and Nik Hughes, the Los Angeles-based quintet's sunny disposition and adherence to life-affirming, danceable electro-pop impressed Universal Republic, who signed the group and released their eponymous debut EP in 2012. In 2013, Youngblood Hawke returned with their first full-length album, Wake Up. ~ James Christopher Monger

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