Rising Canadian indie-pop-meets-math-rock contenders Hawking are ready to release their self-titled EP on July 14 (order here), but CraveOnline has a jumpstart with an exclusive stream before it hits the streets.
“It’s damn near impossible to put into words how excited we are to finally release this EP,” the band announces via Crave. “Our last record was often defined genre-wise as “’Math Pop,’ referring to its combination of complex rhythms and frequent time signatures changes (math) with prominent vocal hooks, strong melodies and big choruses (pop). We loved touring it, and it went over really well with just about everyone—but the main criticism we received was that the hooks were strong, but we didn’t hit them hard enough. So here we are with these new songs, where we’re keeping strong flavours of Math Pop, but primarily focusing on making the songs stick in the listener’s head like proper Indie Rock anthems should.”
They continued: “We write a lot of really emotive music; what we want is to make an emotional impact on our listeners. With that in mind, what good is a song if you can’t remember that lyric that punched you straight in the heartstrings because you’ve got too many notes and time signatures flying at you? That’s why we’re proud as hell of these 5 new songs. I think we’ve finally found the sound that works for us.”
It sure sounds that way to us. Have a listen to Hawking below, exclusively on CraveOnline: