Today we are pleased to join forces with David Hawkins for the release of his new music video for “This Is It,” a very good visuals featuring some interesting imagery that seems to come out of a DIY 90s Alt Rock video.
About the video, Hawkins comments “The song and video are a celebration of being in the moment: This is it. Right now. It’s all we ever have. And the present moment seems more pronounced during the pandemic; things slow down and our senses become heightened. The video speaks to that feeling and features a striking slow-motion cinematic pool sequence of L.A. model & designer Elena Terese directed and shot by Roger Artola, while legendary Hawk drummer Pete Thomas (of Elvis Costello’s band) and I rock out through a psychedelic desert haze. It’s all sunshine and California blue-sky dreams, and falling in love on a trip to the 7-Eleven. It’s the epic sun-blind desert vision quest and then diving into her parents’ pool to cool off; a quiet escape while the brightly colored wave of post-peak America crashes on the shore. And listening mid-plague, you may even catch a glimpse of the black angel in her reflection: ‘I know you came down from heaven / You spread your wings and I was through / This is it.’”
May 15th saw the release of the Hawk‘s fantastic new album Fly. Under band leader David Hawkins‘ stewardship, Hawk has become a full-blown supergroup with the enlistment of Ken Stringfellow of The Posies (and R.E.M. and Big Star) all-time great drummer Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello’s legendary Attractions, and newly-added Morgan Fisher of Mott The Hoople (who’s also played with Queen and Yoko Ono). Hawk, as well as David’s orchestral folk-rock band Be also regularly feature contributions from Jayhawks leader Gary Louris, who’s not present here due to commitments to his main gig, but is already recording his parts for the next Be album.
Recorded internationally, Fly shakes up the Hawk formula that was once described as having “the crunch of AC/DC, the swagger of the Stones, and the melodies of Tom Petty,” according to one journalist, as this time the band’s sonic explorations move into shinier, noisier, hi-tech territory that recalls early-90’s R.E.M. on songs like “This Is It” and “She’s An Angel”, and even channels New Order and The Cure on “You Are The One I Want”, then goes right for the throat of the Trump administration on “TruthTo Power” before closing it out with classic psych vibes on “Lost Our Way”.
David Hawkins is not only incredibly prolific, but also quite the interesting character who took an unusual path to where he’s at now. He’s had a successful career as an abstract painter, and is co-founder of the The Black Mountain Arts Collective, an avant-garde performance group inspired by the “happenings” orchestrated by John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and others from Black Mountain College in the 1950’s.