BITCH HAWK

One of pop’s most pro­lific writ­ers has turned his hand to metal

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise Round-up - WORDS: ALEC CHILLINGWO­RTH

“i Was un­em­ployed af­ter school. I didn’t know what to do. I just needed to spend my time bet­ter than sit­ting in an of­fice.” For many of us, that’s when we slide into nine-to-fives. Pa­trik Berger didn’t. Armed with a punk rock at­ti­tude and a head full of noise, he grafted his way into stu­dio work, rub­bing shoul­ders with pop song­writ­ers. Then he be­came one.

Hav­ing writ­ten for Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Lana Del Rey and more, he’s A Big Deal. But he wanted some­thing more. “I’d done a lot of pop mu­sic, but I got frus­trated,” he ad­mits. “So I was like, ‘I just need to put a band to­gether and play some gnarly hard­core!’” Thus, two years ago, Bitch Hawk was born.

In 2018 alone, the Swedish four-piece shat out two al­bums. Their most re­cent, Joy, is an arse-clench­ing ride across the hard­core high­way, stop­ping off at black metal and sludge for toi­let breaks. It’s a cal­lous nest of songs, like Mi­nor Threat cov­er­ing Bathory – and there’s al­ready stuff hatch­ing for al­bum num­ber three.

“We orig­i­nally wanted only doomy, slow ma­te­rial [for the next al­bum],” says Pa­trik. “It’d be nice to have a few slow­burn­ers to play live. But then we wrote three amaz­ing, black metal, grind­core songs, so that’s what’s gonna hap­pen!”

Both Bitch Hawk’s record­ings and rav­en­ous live shows are dirt­ily DIY, the an­tithe­sis of Pa­trik’s chart-both­er­ing day job. He wants to keep it that way.

“I want to keep it raw and sim­ple,” he says. “I don’t think we’ll add key­boards or syn­the­sis­ers. I don’t want to add any af­ter-ef­fects. Ex­cept… noise, maybe.”

Noise is all right by us.

JOY IS OUT NOW VIA ADRIAN

Bitch hawk: about as far re­moved from pop as you can imag­ine. Per­fect

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