Thrash Hits verdict: The crafty folk at In At The Deep End Records blackmailed us into listening to all nine minutes of History Of The Hawk’s OCEAN EP in 2011 but they don’t need to keep blackmailing us. IATDE know what they’re doing and they know who they’re signing. Any fans the absolutely fucking amazing Bastions album will enjoy HOTH. Melding 90s DC hardcore with 90s UK hardcore is hardly anything new but not all bands manage to make it sound as vibrant and energetic as these guys. Similar to Bastions and Hospital Corners, that OCEAN EP has a slightly medical meaning. It’s an acronym: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism – the five big personality indicators when diagnosing a patient in modern psychology. We had a chat to History Of The Hawk singer, Nathan Coyle about what’s what. You should read this and then listen to their music. You will not regret it.
How did you meet?
We have all been friends for years, I played in a band with Harper for a few years but know the others through copious boozing in our local pub! I was on the train with Beckley and Pete one day and they asked me if I wanted to do the vocals in a band they wanted to start up with Allan on drums, I said yes and forced Harper to play bass and the rest as they say is history…
What made you want to start a band?
I’ve always wanted to be in a snarly fuck you kind of punk rock band, I was playing in math or spazz type of projects so this was something different from what I have done before, it was going to happen at some point so it made sense.
Where did the name come from?
It’s from an old taxidermy book, I love stuffed dead things.
What is your favourite hawk?
Tony Hawk, an adulterous man who makes excellent video games.
What are your thoughts on owls?
Owls are shit animals, my Dad nearly brought me one when I was a kid (for some reason) but I got a snake instead, my house got burgled and it was nicked (just the snake and nothing else for some reason, which was equally shit). An owl may have gouged their eyes out so on refection maybe they are not so shit. I guess you dwell on these kind of things when you get older in regards to why I should of chosen the owl instead of the snake, and how people in Dudley will literally pinch anything.
What are your musical influences?
We are all pretty diverse, I’m into stuff like Converge, Iron Monkey and Orchid, Beckley digs the same but loves bands like Yob, Weedeater and etc. Allan and Pete love post hardcore and Harper likes Blink 182 and Crazy Town.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Just being able to play gigs really and having the opportunity to work with people like In At The Deep End, Speedowax, Enjoyment and etc!
With which band would your dream tour be?
We are good buddies with Retox, I’ve know JP a while doing design work for his label but they are all fantastic people so it would be cool to do a proper tour together, it will happen at some point. Bands like Doomsday Student and Narrows would be awesome to hook up with, the guys I know who play in those bands are amazing dudes! Basically we don’t really give a toss about touring with names, I’d rather tour with people you can just chill with and forget all this macho bullshit that seems to exist in hardcore!!
What’s the most memorable show you’ve played?
Playing our home town of Stourbridge is always ace! There’s a warehouse type party thing called Boom! Headshot! at The Temple of Boom Studios! Bring your own beer so everybody is usually royally trashed! I remember us going on at like 2am shitfaced, I was running around in my pants screaming “I feel so sexy” to the breakdown in Freya! There was loads of people moshing pretty much naked and screaming at us with one dude in his pyjamas for some reason! The Ergon Carousel played the same night which turned out to be one of their final shows! If you are ever in Stourbridge check that place out!
Tell us about this European tour you’re about to embark upon.
Yep, our first tour outside of the UK! Emptiness Booking have done a fantastic job sorting it all out for us! It’s a proper Eastern Block tour which is exciting as we will get to see some amazing stuff and totally weird shit I asume! I just really really hope I don’t get stabbed!
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Peers? I’m not really sure! I love our local scene at the moment check out Stinky Wizzleteat, Black Veins, God Damn, Them Wolves, Mothertrucker, Sperare and Human Hands! Further afield I like what Witch Hunter Records are putting out, Iron Witch are fucking awesome along with Crash of Rhinos, Nasdaq, Pettybone, Wounds, Papayèr and Dethscalator, good tings! Name drop-a-geddon!
Tell us about the forthcoming album.
If you would of told me a year ago when we formed that we would have a album coming out on IATDE I would of laughed! It’s pretty crazy that all this is happening, it’s amazing how it has all come together! Our ep is very direct but the album is far more technical and emotive, I am really excited to get this out and move forward! Scott Charles Bentz who illustrated the cover of the vinyl ep will be doing the album artwork, the guy has scary talent.
What other band should everyone find out about?
There are too many to single out just one but Stinky Wizzleteat have a new EP coming out on Carnage Club soon, that’s a must if you are into your sludge! Think Black Cobra without vocals! Also check out Minus Tree from Italy, we did a split with them on Enjoyment Records, ace band!
Personally I think Black Breath are tearing the arse out of everything at the moment, the new album is fucking class!
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
Harper once had sex with a fridge, I guess collectively that is the most metal thing any of us has done so far.
Tell us a joke.
Mommy, Mommy! Why is daddy so pale? Shut up and keep digging.
History of the Hawk are on tour across eastern Europe RIGHT NOW so go click Like on their Facebook and buy an EP or just wait for the tour diaries that they’ve been writing for us. They’re focusing on local food, beer and KFC. And other stuff. They’re great.