SS-117 :: FREEDOM HAWK – Holding On
Label: Small Stone Records
Release date: October 11th, 2011
Catalog number: SS-117
- Living For Days
- Edge Of Destiny
- Her Addiction
- Magic Lady
- Flat Tire
- North Swell
- Standing In Line
- Indian Summer
Hailing from the barrier dunes of Virginia, this quartet blends heavy riffs, a rolling groove, and soulful guitar melodies to produce the sound that is Freedom Hawk. Their brand of heavy rock coupled with a high energy live show, leaves many wondering if they’ve stepped through a time warp that has taken them to rock’s heyday of the 70’s.
The origins of Freedom Hawk began in 2003 when friends Mark Cave (bass) and TR Morton (guitar; singer) were introduced to Lenny Hines (drums) through a mutual friend. Mark and TR had been jamming together for some time and could not find the right drummer to match what they were playing. Once they brought Lenny into the fold, the two knew they found the drummer they were looking for. Now a trio, the three realized their songs were missing a certain dynamic that would be required to achieve what they wanted to hear. In comes Matt Cave (guitar). Matt had been working with another band in the Virginia Beach area at the time and knew his brother Mark was looking for a second guitar player. After a few successful sessions and the eventual request by his brother Mark to join the group, Matt decided to be the fourth and final addition.
A quote in Performer Magazine from a live show states: “[Freedom Hawk is] East Coast’s answer to Fu Manchu, keeping it simple and thick with harmonious metal groove. It wasn’t heavy riffs and growls, but power riffs and soulful rock delivery wrapped in metal packaging. Freedom Hawk’s sound is large, like trying to force an elephant to fit in a closet. It is also melodic for such heavy handed playing. Walls of guitar riffs were pushed out heavy, soaring and moving like swells and waves at the same time.”
This band will make you turn it up real loud driving in your car head bobbing the whole time on the edge of your seat until you reach your final destination. Freedom Hawk’s music slashes away, tearing its way into the ears of all those who listen with original quality matched only to those which have proven themselves in days past. The driving beat and heavy guitars with timeless vocals gives light to a new birth in heavy music, with a ray of excitement allowing you to rock away to Freedom Hawk’s dark music fueled by the sun.
Freedom Hawk is:
T.R. Morton: vocals, guitars, organ
Lenny Hines: drums
Matt Cave: leads, guitars
Mark Cave: bass
All songs written and performed by Freedom Hawk
Published by Small Stone Records (ASCAP)
Produced by Freedom Hawk
Recorded and Co-Produced by Vince Burke at Sniper Studios – Moyock, NC.
Mixed by Benny Grotto at Mad Oak Studios – Allston, MA.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs – Ann Arbor, MI.
Illustration & album artwork by Alexander von Wieding.