Indie pop collective Youngblood Hawke recently performed an ambitious cover of Phil Collins' immaculate pop classic "Another Day In Paradise" for an installment of The Recording Academy's ReImagined series at the House of Rock in Santa Monica, Calif. Linking GRAMMY history with current music makers, ReImagined is a performance-based series featuring artists interpreting an iconic GRAMMY-winning song.
"Another Day In Paradise" is featured on Collins' 1989 album …But Seriously. Authored by Collins and co-produced by Collins and Hugh Padgham (Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, the Police), the song earned Record Of The Year honors at the 33rd Annual GRAMMY Awards.
With a name inspired by the Herman Wouk novel of the same name, Los Angeles-based Youngblood Hawke were born from late-night musings between longtime friends, vocalist Sam Martin and multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz. Having completed two years of exhaustive touring with their previous band, Iglu & Hartly, Martin and Katz began the search for a new creative outlet. Katz's longtime friend and guitarist Tasso Smith moved to Los Angeles from Texas to join the band upon hearing the first demos, and vocalist (and Simon Katz's wife) Alice Katz subsequently joined as well. Drummer Nik Hughes and bassist Omar Ahmed rounded out the lineup.
After inking a deal with Universal Republic, Youngblood Hawke released a self-titled debut five-song EP as well as a collection of six remixes of "We Come Running" by remixers including Tiësto, the Knocks and Vicetone in 2012. Released in April, Youngblood Hawke's full-length debut album, Wake Up, features 12 infectious pop songs invoking the spirit of artists such as the Flaming Lips, MGMT and GRAMMY winners Fun., with VH1 describing the album as "chock full of shimmery, upbeat, immensely positive tracks." Catapulted by the singles "We Come Running" and "Stars (Hold On)," the album debuted at No. 58 on the Billboard 200 and No. 16 on Billboard's Rock Albums chart.
Youngblood Hawke are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, including a performance at the Sasquatch! festival on May 26. The band also have select UK dates scheduled in July.