HAWKLORDS "Soaring on the Solar Winds"

By Dark Starr

The Hawklords are essentially a spin off band from Hawkwind, but that doesn’t mean they are limited by that. In fact, while they have several former Hawkwind alums in the band, that is almost more a starting point for their sound than it is a full on conclusion. I managed to pose some questions to various members of The Hawklords recently and they had some interesting answers.

WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: It’s been a while since we’ve done an interview with you guys. What’s new in the world of Hawklords?

HARVEY BAINBRIDGE: Hello, its Harvey here, good to talk to you. 2014 is starting and a new album is being put together, and hopefully it will be different again to the last two studio recordings.

RON TREE:  Just released our second CD.

JERRY RICHARDS: We've been pretty busy with UK and European tours for the last four years, playing UK and international music festivals as well as putting out concert DVDs. We have released two albums of brand new material, the most recent, 'Dream', which was released on September 30th 2013, has received rave reviews by the UK music magazine Classic Rock, amongst many others. We've also been enjoying the comings and goings of old and new friends within the world of The Hawklords.There will be a new album for this year's tour dates, which should kick off in the UK in October.

Never a dull moment, you know!
DAVE PEARCE: Not much more I can add really except to relish each and every one of these moments as they arise.

ADRIAN SHAW: Well, we had a new album out called “Dream” about three months ago and have been touring again. And now we have to start writing for our 2014 album so we’re keeping busy.

WC: If you weren't involved in music what do you think you'd be doing?

HB: At my age staring at the sky, hoping the idiots that run the world fade away!

RT: Art, Sculpture, Clothes, Design.

JR: I'd probably be doing time for heresy and thoughts that are antithetical to the nature of this imposed political reality. Probably.
DP: I'd be locked up in a lunatic asylum.

AS: As I’ve been a musician all of my adult life this is a difficult question to answer. I like to think I’d be doing something creative but as I finished my education under something of a cloud and without any qualifications, I would have been considered factory fodder.

WC: What's ahead for you?

HB: More fun with the Hawklords as well as some individual music projects.

RT: Much more music!

JR: Haven't got a clue, but I'll know it when it hoves into view and take it from there.
(Or see question 1 for more details)
DP: Playing the HRH prog festival in North Wales towards the end of March.

AS: At my age? Probably not a lot.

WC:  If you were a superhero, what music person would be your arch nemesis and why?

HB: Anyone who wants to perform "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep"

RT:  Louis Walsh, for one...i.e., MEDIOCRITY!

JR: X-Factor's Simon Cowell for reducing 'popular music' to the level of the lowest common dollar denominator.
DP: The person who invented the sampler, which has helped rip off so many drummers classic grooves to be used behind rubbish and never paying them a cent for it.

AS: What do you mean “if you were a superhero”?

WC: If you were to put together your ultimate band (a band you'd like to hear or catch live), who would be in it and why?

 HB: There are so many fantAstic musicians around. Apart from the guys I'm playing with in the Hawklords, Jack Bruce, my bass playing hero, Andy Anderson, Steve Hillage, Joey(ex Ozrics), and Arthur Brown

RT: Keith Moon, Lemmy, Iggy Pop,, Del Detmar, Ron Asheton... I like dead folks!

JR: I'd have Jack Bruce, Mitch Mitchell, Bob Calvert and Harvey Bainbridge.
Unfortunately, I've ended up in a band with Adrian Shaw, Dave Pearce, Ron Tree and Harvey Bainbridge. Er… Hang on a minute. How did Harvey get in there?
Anyway, they're all just as foxy as those I mentioned and it's a real privilege to work with each and every one of them.
DP: Frank Zappa and Felix Pappalardi, so I could find out if humour really does belong in music.

AS: I imagine an “ultimate band” wouldn’t necessarily contain the most adept musicians. For instance, Ringo is a good but unconventional drummer who was perfect for the Beatles. Billy Cobham is technically far superior but would have been a disaster on Strawberry Fields Forever.

So ignoring that tenet completely I’ll go for:

Drums: Aynsley Dunbar, a great technician who most importantly can swing.

Bass/vocals: Jack Bruce. Creative, powerful and a great vocalist.

Guitar/vocals: Jimi Hendirix. No reason necessary.

Keyboards/vocals: Steve Winwood. A wonderful keyboard player, singer and writer.

Lead singer/guitar: Steve Marriot. The greatest soul singer the UK has ever produced. And along with Bobby Hatfield the greatest white soul singer ever.

I could easily name another ten such line-ups though. There have been so many wonderful musicians down the years.

WC: If you were in charge of assembling a music festival and wanted it to be the ultimate one from your point of view who would be playing?

 HB: I'd love it if I could see Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead,Crosby Stills and Nash, plus acts from the world music scene.

RT: I'd switch from bass to guitar and lead vocals!

JR: Definitely not The Hawklords, that's for sure. I'd want to sit back and be entertained by the spectacle of the thing without having to worry about what our road crew are getting up to whilst we wait for our slot…You haven't met our crew have you? Probably for the best. It's safer that way.
DP: For me, I would like to turn back time so I could see all the 60's and 70's bands in their creative prime, who I missed because I was too young at the time.

Assuming this is a fantasy music festival where I could choose from any acts I’ll go for:


Elvis Presley (in his young days).

The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Vanilla Fudge.

The Small Faces.

The Grateful Dead.

Otis Redding backed by the MGs.

The MC Five.


Phil Ochs (on the acoustic stage)

Spooky Tooth.

The Beatles.

WC:What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?

HB: I've been listening to a lot of world music. the Art of Noise working wih Debussy's music, not forgetting Tomita's "Snowflakes are Dancing"... a beautiful take on the music of Claude Debussy.

RT: "The Southwark Mysteries" by Jon Crow

JR: Mostly classical music and jazz on the UK's BBC Radio 3. Although, I did hear the latest album by The Queens Of The Stoneage, recently. I highly recommend it: it's beautifully recorded and absolutely rocking.
DP: "Be Bop Deluxe at the BBC" springs to mind, plus a live recording by Gong.

AS: The last CD I bought was "Berlin" by Lou Reed. His dying motivated me to buy this as I had always meant to but never gotten around to it.

WC: Have you read any good books lately?

HB: My last read was "DMA :The Spirit Molecule"... an intriguing study.

RT:  "Time Reborn" by Lee Smolin

JR: Nothing of great note: some pulp science fiction, but mostly technical manuals about my ProTools studio recording set up. It's good to read, folks. Must do more, myself.
DP: I'm not a vivacious reader and I'm still trying to finish reading a book called "The Frank Zappa Companion".

AS: No.  However I have a huge backlog of great books that I’ve been given and intend to read. Soon.

WC:  What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?

HB:  The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in Cleveland Ohio.. fantastic!

RT: Adam Ant was the last.

JR: I watched Arthur Brown's set at a festival at which I was invited to play during the summer of 2013. A wonderful performance by Arthur and his band; at the top of his game and in truly fabulous voice.(And he's a really nice guy, to boot! Check 'em out, people….)
DP: Seeing a guy called Ryan McGarvey at a local club back in November, which I now have a recording of.. yes, I was that impressed.

AS: I so rarely go to gigs nowadays. As I tour quite a lot and nowadays live a long way from anywhere it’s difficult to motivate myself to go out much. And to be honest I’ve lost interest in the contemporary music scene by and large. The last concert I went to and really enjoyed was when Arthur Lee toured “Forever Changes” and that was some years ago.

WC: Do you have a musical “guilty pleasure?”

 HB: Alma Cogan.

RT: "Bond" music.

JR: Yes. I like making up nonsense songs in the light opera style of Gilbert & Sullivan about my girl and my cat, which, on occasion, I'll sing to them. It drives them both crazy. Bless 'em. (This is actually true, by the way, just in case you thought I was making it up. I mean, who would make up stuff like that?)

AS: Quite a few.  I’m not going to say what they are and leave myself open to ridicule. I look forward to seeing what the other Hawklords members mention though so I can take the piss out of them.

WC: What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?

 HB: Joining a rock band!

RT:  Snorting a line of coke whilst farting simultaneously!

JR: Surely, 'The Music Business' is all Spinal Tap?
DP: Dropping both drumsticks at once in the middle of a performance and looking like a rabbit caught in headlights.

AS: I think the funniest thing I ever saw on stage was forty odd years ago. I was playing in a band that played working men’s clubs, hen nights, in fact anywhere we could make money. We sometimes had to accompany strippers, both male and female. One night we were asked to play at a hen night behind a guy who titled himself “Bubbles”. His whole act built up to a climax where, as he removed his G string to reveal all, a bubble machine would pump out bubbles as a strobe light flashed. We were playing away frantically behind him and as he removed his G string with a flourish he slipped on the soap that the bubble machine had deposited on the stage, his legs went up in the air and he landed stark naked flat on his back. What a finale.

WC:  If you could sit down to dinner with any three people, living or dead, for food and conversation, with whom would you be dining?

HB:  Alexis Corner, Ian Banks, P.B. Shelley.

RT: Sid Vicious, Jesus Christ and astrophysicist Professor Brian Cox.

JR: Adolf Hitler, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, with Lemmy to MC the whole shebang…
DP: Could I be a fly on the wall at that one?

AS: Once again so difficult to name just three. Assuming there would be no language difficulties I’ll go for Johann Sebastian Bach, Groucho Marx and my late father. I have a few things I’d like to say to him.

WC:  What would be on the menu?

HB:  Vegetarian and meats with copious amounts of wine and a few dancing girls.

RT: Mexican veggie shit...

JR: JR: Dried ashes for some, laughter and rock and roll for others and ambrosia for me! Goddamn it…

AS: Definitely vegetarian as I’m a life-long veggie. Something Southern Indian, maybe a dosa to start followed by a thali.

WC: Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

HB:  Be realistic about the motives of these RICH politicians!

RT: We are one. Love is God.

JR: Yes: have as much fun as you can before you grow up (or better still, don't actually grow up), don't hurt yourself or anybody else and don't give a fuck about stuff that just isn't important. You'll know what that is; it's all marked 'Bullshit'.
DP: Never turn down an opportunity to try something new.

AS: I’m disappointed that people still treat animals so badly.  And thank you for asking interesting questions.