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Hawk Eyes: Everything Is Fine

Yorkshire band’s spiky third album is bound for glory.

After three years that have seen an EP and several festival and support shows, Leeds’ Hawk Eyes have finally made good on the jagged promise of 2010’s Modern Bodies and the aptly named Ideas that followed it two years later.

Everything Is Fine is a bullish coming together of musical totems as disparate as The Fall and Therapy? – disjointed, angular (an overused term, but appropriate here) and thrillingly held together by Paul Astick’s vibrant melodies and oblique lyrics.

They’re equally compelling in the rueful yet charged Die Trying (‘Eight broken bones/Will you carry me home’) or the thunderous refrain of TFF./o:p

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.