A few years ago, this group called Iglu and Hartly had a minor American hit called “In This City.” (It was a top ten smash in England, but hey… that’s another story.) It was sunny and poppy and fun, and then, whoops, the band disappeared.
Until now. Sort of. A few members from Iglu and Hartly have regrouped in a new band called Youngblood Hawke. That name is taken from a classic novel by Herman Wouk, and since the novel is about the rise and fall of a young writer, it may also be a sly joke about the success and implosion of Iglu and Hartly. Or maybe not. And either way, who cares? The real question is whether Youngblood Hawke’s music is any good.
And it is. Their first single “We Come Running” is a lovely little alt-pop song with a hands-up-and-holler chorus.
Their song “Forever” is just as catchy, and while I can’t find the studio version online, I did find this acoustic version that proves the band also has musical chops.
If you like Walk the Moon or HAIM or fun., then you should definitely give Youngblood Hawke a shot.
Mark Blankenship tweets as @IAmBlankenship. He has written about pop music for the New York Times and NPR.