As support builds across the globe, LA's Youngblood Hawke release what is set to be this summer's anthem 'We Come Running' on 5th August through Island Records
'We Come Running' is US band Youngblood Hawke's debut single. As support builds across the globe it will be released in the UK on 5th August. The song, which already has a string of accolades behind it including breaking the Top 25 in Billboard's Hot AC chart and a Gold sales status in Australia, features in an international Coke commercial due to hit the UK this summer. The video, which has had over 1.8 million hits on YouTube and promotes the conservation of sharks, was directed by Marc Klasfield (Destiny's Child, Katy Perry, Aerosmith, Jay Z).
Sam Martin - one half of the songwriting team behind Youngblood Hawke's debut album 'Wake Up', which charted at #11 on the iTunes album chart in the US (it was Editors Choice) and is also released in the UK on 5th August - describes their sound the best: "It has elements of pop, rock, indie and dance." 'We Come Running', which features the West LA Children's Choir, encapsulates that sentiment. A propulsive beat builds alongside shimmering bells as Martin's massive refrain soars. "It's like a personal message to the band," the vocalist reveals. "It announces that if we work our asses off, they're going to hear the sound when we come running. We're going to get our chance."
Alongside his longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz, the duo spent the summer of 2010 feverishly penning songs in Katz's Los Angeles studio for what would become Youngblood Hawke's debut album. Galvanized and reinvigorated, they emerged with over one-hundred ideas and a fresh perspective altogether. Martin admits, "We didn't begin by saying, "We're going to start a new band'. It was more of an outlet to express ourselves. It was the most natural thing I've ever done. There was no plan."
There didn't need to be a plan because their songs were so anthemic and uplifting. In early 2011, with Katz's childhood best friend Tasso on guitar, Alice on backup vocals and live percussion, and Iglu & Hartly touring drummer Nik, they began booking local gigs and releasing material. Based on the strength of the tunes and a completely organic buzz they sold out a string of nights at Silverlake hotspot, Satellite. Soon, Universal Republic Records contacted them and offered a deal.
The quintet's moniker also reflects the glorious serendipity at the heart of its journey. Nodding to the Herman Wouk novel of the same name, it's utterly a propos. "I was looking for a new book to read," remembers Martin. "My dad called me out of the blue, and he was like, 'Your uncle's favourite book is Youngblood Hawke. You have to read it'. It really resonated with us as a story about an artist finding his way.
At the end of the day, these artists have found their way in Youngblood Hawke, and the path is brighter than ever. "We've seen the bottom and the top," concludes Katz. "Things get bad, and then they get good again. The music is about being hopeful and never giving up."
Youngblood Hawke kicked off 2013 supporting Keane on the US leg of their Strangeland Tour, followed by a Passion Pit tour and a series of shows at SXSW including an exclusive Spotify live stream event alongside Kendrick Lamar. This summer they will embark on a headline US tour before heading to the UK in July.
5th July - Club NME, Koko
6th July - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
9th July - Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London