Chickenhawk – Modern Bodies

British press tend to exaggerate when it comes to criticize their home-grown talent, branding average acts like One Minute Silence, Kill to This, Panic Cell, Raging Speedhorn and Evile as the next big thing or so.
In this particular case, Chickenhawk deserve every single superlative thrown in their direction and whether you believe them worthy of the hype really depends on how high you rank bands like The Fall of Troy, Poison the Well and Glassjaw among your personal preferences.
See, the Leeds-based quartet operate vigorously somewhere between the math-rock of the first two and the raging post-hardcore of the third, an explosive and rather enthralling mixture that oozes confidence and a jaw-dropping dexterity.
It’s fairly easy to bound with “Modern Bodies”, the songs are obnoxious yet delightful infectious, complex yet rarely cross the line into self indulgent musicianship as Chickenhawk reveal an extraordinary ability to juxtapose math-rock guitar swirls with some catchy and powerful riffs.
Opener “Scorpieau” will grip you immediately with its bludgeoning riffs and contagious chorus with vocalist Paul Michael Astick hopping between almost-spoken whines and gut-wrenching screams, sounding like a Jane’s Addiction tune twisted by someone like Every Time I Die.
Elsewhere, Chickenhawk continue to meld infectious and ferocious riffs with thunderous and angular percussive workouts that will likely knock you off your feet. Truly impressive!

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For fans of: The Fall of Troy, Poison the Well, Glassjaw


  1. Hi, my name is Kenny Eaton. Great site! I play guitar in the loop-based math/post/prog rock band, Time Columns. The entire foundation of our sound is built on guitar and keyboard looping using the Gibson Echoplex and related loop pedals to create layers of intricate rhythms. I’m wondering if you might be interested in writing a review of our latest album release, Sunriseinthesea EP, or conducting an interview relating to our music, upcoming January tour and looping. Send me an email at and I’ll be happy to get you anything you need. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration. Once again, great post! You can download Time Columns’ EP for free at

    -Kenny Eaton/Time Columns (TOUR DATES, MEDIA) (FREE DOWNLOADS)

  2. We got an e-mail for that purpose Kenny, it’s somewhere in the blog.
    Nevertheless I’ll write you with further details.