With quite the successful debut single in “We Come Running” and a well-received album called Wake Up, it isn’t surprising that Los Angeles indie/alternative band Youngblood Hawke‘s newest release, “Pressure”, has just as much pizzazz and harmony as their past works. They’ve definitely got another fan favorite and radio-perfect track on their hands and the year is still young.
The music of “Pressure” is a funky, energetic, modern indie song with hints of Survivor‘s iconic workout-motivating track”Eye of the Tiger”. There’s no doubt that its keyboarding and percussion embody a retro feel throughout the track while still keeping the group’s harmonious vocals and attention-grabbing style weaved in. In a way, its cheery, melodic music brings a breath of fresh air to an almost overused theme while making you want to shimmy along to the beat…or go on a run.
In a nutshell, “Pressure” is very much about how you shouldn’t be letting people pressure you to go in the path that everyone wants you to go. While a relatively cliche theme in the music of today, Youngblood Hawke puts their own spin on it with witty wordplay that keeps the seriousness of the topic at hand paired with infectious music.
Frontman Sam Martin makes you realize that absolutely no one is immune to feeling pressured with lines like, “collect your tears, shoot ’em down/even giants hit the ground/hit the ground.” When the first part of the chorus hits with “felt the pressure, seen the breaks/let the fortune teller take it all, all/pressure!” it’s apparent that their goal for this song is to make you realize that you’re the one who has to make your own fate. The second half of the chorus (“heard the echoes of mistakes/call our name until we shake it off, off/pressure!/oh I, oh I can feel the pressure”) is almost like a foreshadowing of what could happen if you did conform to who everyone wants you to be.
Youngblood Hawke has all the potential to catapult their career and make them a strong competitor in the unofficial ‘Best Indie-Rock Band’ game. They put so much personality into “Pressure” that you can’t help but compare it to those like Neon Trees and Grouplove. It’s got the power to get everyone in a huge stadium to belt out the lyrics with them. And the fact that they can turn six individual voices into a haunting chorus is something to commend. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for them this year.