Gloucester City, NJ-residing rock ‘n’ roll band The Warhawks fuse traditional rock ‘n’ roll and garage rock with punk rock urgency and indie pop melody. Their upcoming debut album Never Felt So Good arrives on January 18, 2019. The LP was recorded, mixed, and mastered by engineer Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording in Haddon Heights, NJ.
The Warhawks may call a community on the banks of the Delaware River may be home, but the band members (Matt Orlando (vocals, guitar), John Bilodeau (vocals, guitar), Patrick Bilodeau (vocals, drums), and longtime friend Tom Lipski (vocals, bass) have roamed throughout the U.S., playing gigs and gaining acclaim, especially on the NJ/Philadelphia music circuit.
The band has released a dozen EPs over the years and has received college radio airplay across the nation. They’ve shared the stage with notable rock bands like The Menzingers, White Reaper, and Dune Rats and sang group vocals on Beach Slang’s track “Everything Matters But No One Is Listening”.
So while no stranger to the rock music realm, and consistently selling out Philly venues such as Johnny Brenda’s, Boot and Saddle, and Kung Fu Necktie, the band is only now releasing their first album, and it travels through diverse rock territory for its entire runtime with each song sounding like a snapshot of a road the band has travelled.
Rebel Noise is highly pleased to host the premiere of a prime cut off Never Felt So Good, the speedy and upbeat storytelling punk rocker “Miracle”. It charges out of the gate at the get-go, full of spirited instrumental vigor. A jittery bass line jumps for its life amid sharp slices of guitar, rapidly shaken percussion, and a driving drum beat.
The vocals are direct, but with a touch of agitation, alternating between singing on the verses and exclamations, backed with lighter wordless floating vocals, on the chorus sections. Sweeping guitars blaze out of bright harmonica pulls in the end half of the number as the vocalist proclaims, “Maybe this ship will make it all the way / through the stormy weather.”
The relatable lyrics of “Miracle” chart the course of someone striking out on their own in the world, escaping from their life in a small town and hoping to broaden their horizons, literally and figuratively. The song’s words could also symbolize the transition of a young (wo)man to full-fledged adulthood.