Toronto rock and roll group Propter Hawk’s new single, “Theatre Of The Whole World,” buzzes with triumphant energy while telling a relatable story of yearning to escape from the mundane cycle of everyday life – even if you are not prepared to do so.
“People are fascinated by those who go out and explore the world, but they are a lot more fascinated when things go wrong and how they react to it,” songwriter and guitarist Andrew Blake says. “Seeing what people are capable of enduring, both physically and mentally – I wanted to write about someone who tries to have that experience but doesn’t quite have the spirit or knowledge that they need to endure it. Once I had that concept, the lyrics sort of wrote themselves. I had the entire world to take reference from.”
Established in 2020, Propter Hawk is a rock and roll outfit from the ambiguous corners of Toronto, Ontario. Commixing influences and sounds, Propter Hawk is Humble Pie, The Beatles, The Band and Otis Redding tossed in a burning barrel at the dark end of an unmarked street. Andrew Blake is joined by Malorie Blake (lead vocals), Alec McEachern (lead guitar), Brian Derro (bass, backup vocals), and Jimmy Ruddock (drums, backup vocals), forming Propter Hawk through the broken shards of former bands and shady, desperate classified ads.
Resurfacing from the pandemic with a deluge of material, the band laid down their finely tuned tracks at Pineship Sound in Toronto with Carlin Nicholson and Mike O’Brien of the staple Canadian rock band Zeus. Employing vintage gear and a live horn section, Propter Hawk established the foundation of their sound on their impending self-titled debut record.
To capture a combination of Memphis soul and London blues, lead guitarist Alec McEachern utilized an overdriven Les Paul and an old 15w practice amp to bring a grungy energy to the exciting track. Propter Hawk also uses boisterous horns to get your heart pumping during the chorus – and lead singer Malorie Blake’s vocals soar above it all.
Lifting themselves from tavern floors to the stage and now, with the release of their first single “Theatre Of The Whole World”, this fiercely dedicated and experienced group of musicians is ready to reveal their distorted vision of a new era of rock and roll.
Along with the release of “Theatre of the Whole World,” Propter Hawk has announced the following tour dates:
September 3rd: The Black Swan – Toronto, ON
September 23rd: The Atria – Oshawa, ON
October 21st: The Cameron House – Toronto, ON
November 12th: Tail Of The Junction – Toronto, ON
November 19th: The Dakota Tavern – Toronto, ON