HAWAK released their demo Lift The Mist three years ago and this week the band is finally back with their proper album, full of dramatic exchanges, aggressive bursts of energy, their own take on the genre and some sonic love letters to iconic releases from the past. “Nước” demonstrates the power of words and just how impactful this type of music can be. Zegema Beach Records always seems destined to have unexpected epic new albums in its guts, and boy, the label delivered just that.
Comments the label: “It is time. One of the best screamo records of the last decade is finally upon us! HAWAK’s debut full length was delayed for over a year, but through the fire and the flames it carried on, and is finally available thanks to a proper vinyl pressing from Pirates Press. Technically the second time it’s been pressed, first time made available to the screamo masses. Released on 300 gold records via Zegema Beach Records, Left Hand Label, and the band. 10 songs of jangly, noodley screamo goodness from the Bay Area, teeming with struggle, defiance, strength and solidarity. Mixing the band’s previous outfit Matsuri with a bit more Kidcrash and a bit more Loma Prieta, HAWAK’s debut 12”LP is astonishing in both its vision and execution. And the folks that play in the band are just plain dandy.”
For fans of: Kidcrash, Brahm and Beau Navire
12” vinyl /300 on gold (2nd/good run). Includes insert booklet and sticker. 10 songs.
12” vinyl /300 on gold (1st/questionable run) not for sale until the 2nd run sells out.
Hawak’s take on screamo is dramatic and fuzzed-out, full of twinkly interludes and sudden eruptions of jagged intensity. The band recorded Nước with Deafheaven/Gulch producer Jack Shirley, and he knows how to handle this kind of chaotic majesty. There have been a lot of intense, rewarding screamo records lately, and if you’ve been into those, then you will probably be into this one, too. – Stereogum