|"Hawklords" Live In Aberdeen
Thanks to Graham P for this gig review and photos
Hot on the heels of their fine new album (which along with the new Nik Turner album has already been
favourably reviewed in the music press, unlike the latest mothership effort, which so far hasn't been
reviewed at all), the Hawklords were booked into the aptly named "Tunnels", a tiny venue deep underneath
Aberdeen's Union Street, which looks pretty dodgy even in daytime. Although the doors opened at 7.30,
there was nothing happening aside from the bar and well-stocked merchandising desk (including various
live Hawklords CDs and both new albums on CD and vinyl) until around 9 pm when local support band
Deadfire finally took the stage. Their web page describes them as "BOOZE-RAWKâ€�, and "a well oiled
mix of old school rock and contemporary riffs topped off by unmistakable vocalsâ€�. Right there then -
loud, obnoxious, in your face, with sandpaper rough shouted vocals - and not bad at all. Ron appeared at
the back during Deadfire's set and Harvey wandered through the room at one point. Unfortunately, some
of the already sparse audience disappeared when Deadfire finished their set so, when the Hawklords finally
trooped through the hall to the stage (there is no back-stage in Tunnels) to set up, they were playing to
about 50 people.
The set kicked-off with a tight and energetic "Master of the Universe" before moving through a mixture of
songs from the two contemporary Hawklords CDs, various late 70s Hawkwind and Hawklords material,
and several spoken word pieces recited by Jerry or Ron - and it all fitted together seamlessly. The front line
is now Harvey, Jerry, Ron and Adrian, with Dave Pearce's kit hidden at the back. Backed by suitably
psychedelic and spacey projections they were thoroughly convincing: solid, tight, and well-rehearsed. Ron
occasionally glanced down at his lyric sheet on the stage floor but he was as focussed and sharp as I've
ever seen him, his voice perfect for the originally Calvert-sung material and authoritative on both the older
tunes and the band's own material. Jerry is unmistakably now band leader and at the top of his game, rock
solid on rhythm guitar and melodic and fluid on lead - thoughts of other guitarists just don't arise. Harvey
looked a little bit frail but his excellent synth work was prominent throughout and his vocals were good.
Adrian Shaw said less, and was the definition of unobtrusive but he and Dave Pearce recreated those late
70s Hawkwind rhythms apparently effortlessly.
"I Am The Wind", â€œDream A Dream", "Wake Up", "25 Years" and "Brainstorm".
There was no encore but the band persevered unfazed despite a small and subdued audience, most of
whom were keeping their distance from the guy who spent most of the set idiot dancing in front of (and
occasionally on) the stage.
What more can you ask? Four ex-Hawks playing authentic versions of prime Hawkwind alongside a wealth
of good quality new material. Well worth catching!
Leaving out most of the frequent spoken word
segments, and one instrumental piece I couldn't
place, the remainder of the set went something like
this: "Time Split Vision", "Elemental Mindâ€�,
"Dreamworker", "D.N.A.", â€œUncle Sam's On
Mars", "We Are One", "Ejection", "I.D.Man", "Robot",