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Classic Rock - - Reviews - Ian Fort­nam

State-of-the-art ‘Wind-of-change’ Space Rock.

With one foot in a space-rock past and an­other in a sci-fi fu­ture, the Hawk­lords have never sounded quite so vi­tal, es­sen­tial and fiercely con­tem­po­rary as they do at present. The core of

2018’s incarnation orig­i­nally came to­gether to pay trib­ute to the late Robert Calvert in ‘08. Now set­tled in a line-up of gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Jerry Richards, synth player/vo­cal­ist Har­vey Bain­bridge, bas­sist/vo­cal­ist Tom Ashurst and drum­mer Dave Pearce, and aug­mented on this tour by sax-groov­ing Hawk­wind co-founder Nik Turner (78 if he’s a day and show­ing no signs of re­turn­ing to Earth), their new sev­enth al­bum, Brave New World, ranks with the year’s best.

Tonight’s set, still pep­pered with oc­ca­sional Calverts (The Aerospaceage In­ferno, Ejec­tion), re­lies mostly on ma­te­rial from BNW (not least a phe­nom­e­nal Devil In My Head) and 2017’s Six (Night­side), re­turn­ing to the ‘Wind moth­er­ship only for Un­cle Sam’s On Mars and a Turner-fronted Mas­ter Of The Uni­verse en­core. While these ‘Lords are clearly in­formed by clas­sic ‘Wind (spo­ken-word in­ter­ludes, riff-driven mantra hooks, fu­tur­is­tic in­stro-am­bi­ence, vo­cals that of­ten em­ploy the char­ac­ter­is­tic up­ward-tilted Calvert in­flec­tion so can­nily em­ployed since by John Ly­don), deft nu-prog de­vices, bound­less in­ven­tion and ex­cel­lent songs mark them out as true pro­gres­sives more than wor­thy of your at­ten­tion.

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