We don’t talk about Taylor Hawkins too much here because, in terms of news, the Foo Fighters drummer is usually in the shadows of his overactive bandmate we all know as Dave Grohl. In fact, our only piece on the Hawk outside of Foo news was mostly fueled by their frontman… but all that is about to change.
All dramatics aside, Hawkins has been working with old friends recently and has spawned a new band: The Birds Of Satan. The group has a self-titled album in the works, set to drop on April 15th. If we know anything about Hawkins’ solo work, we can likely expect a result more welcoming to those with ears tuned back to the sounds of Van Halen, with a dusting of Freddie Mercury and some prog.
Love it or hate it, the band is already ahead of their game with a promo video staring Birds Of Satan producer and Foo percussionist Drew Hester who also appears on the album:
The video reveals little about the contents of the album, but it is reported that the opening song is a whopping ten minutes long, filled with intricate drum work, prog influence, and even some “boogie.” The band has also included a couple ballads, admitting that they are completely shameless all around. The Birds Of Satan claim Wait ‘Til Tomorrow contains “the first documented recorded Van Halen style guitar solo of this decade.”
Update: Here’s a song, Thanks For The Line
This shameless band is Wiley Hodgden on bass and vocals, Mick Murphy on guitar, and Taylor Hawkins on drums, also sharing vocal duties. If you follow Hawkins at all, you might recognize this lineup to be his touring cover band Chevy Metal who made some headlines last year for their promo shows around California. They played with Nikki Sixx, Perry Farrell, and good ole Dave of course, who constantly raved about his gratuity to Taylor for being allowed to play with Chevy Metal so often.
If those shows and Taylor Hawkins’ two solo albums are any sign, The Birds Of Satan may just have some promise. The album is also set to feature guest appearances from Foo alum such as Rami Jaffee, Pat Smear, and Dave Grohl among others.
According to the band, tour dates are on their way. For now, you can pre-order the album on iTunes and receive Thanks For The Line immediately. Keep an eye out on Antiquiet for more or bookmark the band’s website.
The Birds of Satan tracklist:
1. The Ballad Of The Birds Of Satan
2. Thanks For The Line
3. Pieces Of The Puzzle
5. Nothing At All
6. Wait Til Tomorrow
7. Too Far Gone To See