Got a chance to catch these guys at a tiny venue, and sadly, with a tiny crowd. I chatted with Andrew (vocals/keys) for a long while. He was genuine, over-the-top kind, and very intelligent. The Philly based duo's music reflects both personality and brains. Passing impressive both live and on record.
Not only does this duo (originally from New Mexico, now based out of Budapest, Hungry) make great music, but A Hawk and a Hacksaw live the life. Their musical style is rooted in Eastern European culture and tradition. This gives them an ability to educate themselves about their own musical roots by performing with musicians who have been playing in this way for generations and through travel. They can also perform in venues ranging from festivals, bars, homes and sidewalks. They have opportunity to interact with audiences and other musicians of different cultures and on levels that most group never will. What bands travel the world (well.. Europe) and play with street musicians and masters of their style just for the sake of music, friendship, cultural understanding, and self improvement? Of course, their take on the traditional is new and fresh, but their constant exposure to music through experience, collaboration, and disscussion allows them to first understand, then evolve. I have never been so jealous of a lifestyle. They're living my dream.