By Erin Coulehan, Contributor, DC Music Live
With the success of their self-titled EP, which was recorded at Simon Katz’s home studio which he also produced, the young band has fans and critics eagerly anticipating the release of their first full-length album. The anthemic first single “We Come Running” features an infectious hook and spirit-raising chant, the quintet from L.A. succeeds in elevating the energy of the listener. The video is pretty incredible also.
The band shot the video for “We Come Running” in the Bahamas and made history by becoming the first band to ever shoot a video while swimming with tiger sharks. “I had been sitting on this idea for a couple years,” recalls Katz. “It was initially going to be with great white sharks, but what we found out was that they only come around at a certain time, and we wanted it to be more environmentally conscious.”
The adventurous band learned of Tiger Beach in the Bahamas and decided to go with it. Tiger sharks, by the way, are far more dangerous than great white sharks. But the band quickly realized the animals aren’t the monsters they’re often made out to be.
“Looking into the sharks eyes was a lot like looking into a dog’s, when they’re trying to sniff you out. Once we all realized that, it was like ‘Hey! This is pretty cool’,” adds guitarist Tasso Smith.
After successfully shooting and releasing the video, the band is now focused on touring and is looking forward to releasing their first full-length album.
“The EP shows a certain side to us. The full-length is more experimental and has a lot more going on,” says the group.
For all its funky and shimmering orchestration, the EP also includes the track “Rootless” that poignantly describes feelings of disconnectedness that can go along with being in a band highlighted by an echoing guitar.
The band has found a sense of camaraderie with each other, and describes itself as a group of friends mid-journey, taking its name from the Herman Wouk novel about a young writer aspiring for literary success and overcoming obstacles before eventually working himself to death.
“A band is very much like being surrounded by sharks, and what better way to conquer your own fears?” asks Katz.
The band showcased this impenetrable sense of community at the 930 Club as they took the stage and commanded the stage as members Sam Martin and Alice and Simon Katz beat drums in a way that can only be described as tribal.
The audience loved it.
They engaged with the crowd and delivered an infectious energy that only heightened the anticipation of seeing the show’s headlining band, Passion Pit.
Toward the end of the set, the band showed their range while paying homage to the Notorious B.I.G with their rendition of “Juicy.”
Youngblood Hawke will continue touring with Passion Pit and Wild Belles for the remainder of the Year and will begin 2013 by joining Keane on tour.