Connecticut-based indie-pop-rockers Hawkns recently unleashed their brand new single ‘head and heart’, and there’s simply no doubting that this outfit is destined for big things. Following up on a highly successful debut release is always tough, but this skilful four-piece has found the formula! ‘head and heart’ is an infectious, melodic, and anthemic tune that’s perfect for a summer’s day road trip. Some serious guitar work, powerful bass and drums, and the untamed vocals of Hawkins French all culminate to produce a sound that stays with you long after your first listen.
A song about chasing your dreams, despite the challenges and sacrifices, ‘head and heart’ has truly stolen our hearts at Indie Top 39. When the likes of late singer/songwriter Eddie Money are calling you “very talented”, you know you’re onto something, and we cannot wait to hear what Hawkns gets up to next!
An infectious, rocky, and upbeat tune, ‘head and heart’ sticks in your head for all the right reasons! INDIE TOP 39
What does the song mean to you?
The process of creating ‘head and heart’ was tough for us as a band. It took a few months to get the vision we had in our heads out into our headphones. We wanted to create something that was true to our story. All of the song’s lyrics also are based on real moments from our lives and our journey as a band chasing this crazy dream together, even when we felt like giving up at times. The last lyric in the song “keep on running” is meant to leave listeners with a sense of hope.
We followed up our song with a music video which was filmed at the famed Oakdale Toyota Dome, a bucket list moment for us as a band! We grew up seeing our first concerts ever at this venue so it just felt right to do the music video there live in front of our audience, everything sorta coming full circle for us.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
Our process can sometimes be a long one because the purpose of our band at heart is to create music that we wish existed right now. Currently, music these days lacks realism because the majority of artists we listen to have limited involvement in their own art, which is kind of a crazy thing if you think about it. It’s like talking to the CEO of Coca-Cola and finding out he doesn’t know what the drink tastes like! So we like to be the opposite of that and take pride in creating everything from the ground up.
Who do you hope the song resonates with the most?
We’ve all had fairly crazy lives growing up as kids and definitely a lot of moments where we were all struggling with mental health issues and felt totally alone in the process. A lot of that is documented in the lyrics of the song, along with being torn between what your head is telling you to do versus what your heart is telling you to do during the formative years of your life.
What are your favorite lyrics in the song?
Oh man, that’s tough! Each line means so much to us since all of the song’s lyrics are based on real moments from our lives and our journey. A line we really felt strongly about adding at the very end of the song is “keep on running” since it is meant to leave listeners with a sense of hope. Up until that point, there is building anxiety and a hopeless feeling, so what we’re really saying is that in the end, all we can do despite how hard life becomes is to continue pushing forward.
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