What does a band that is influenced by Romania, Turkey, The Kings, and Duke Ellington sound like? The answer is Albuquerque’s A Hawk And A Hacksaw. This Balkan Folk band is sure to appeal to anyone who likes horns, exoticism, or Beirut.
All of these musicians are highly skilled, from the horns to the percussion. This is necessary if you’re going to pull off this kind of sound, and they pull it off well.
A Hawk And A Hacksaw has been based out of France, England, Albuquerque, and Budapest, but they ended up coming back to Albuquerque after trying all the others out. This town certainly has the scene for Balkan Folk.
Mustaches, accordions, violins, middle eastern percussion, and a lists of countries greet you at A Hawk And A Hacksaw’s Facebook page. They will link you to Myspace or their own website, but I could not find a Bandcamp or Soundcloud.
Their Myspace lists their genre as Classical Opera and Vocal / Freestyle / Healing & Easy Listening. This will certainly culture you and relax you at the same time.
Their blogspot is very hip, filled with paintings and pictures on a nice yellow and brown background.
A Hawk And A Hacksaw is a very interesting band. This band is probably overshadowed by the success of Beirut, but they really deserve consideration on their own. Their music is just as complex and the final products are very worthy of admiration. If you like the Albuquerque music scene, you absolutely need to listen to this band.