Last Friday, Hawker M. James released a brand new single entitled “I Need Your Love!“, co-written with former Longwave bandmate Steve Schiltz. A new single will be released on the full moon of each month and this will be the second of 12 tracks to be placed on a full length album entitled Phases to be released by Ardent Music at the end of the year.
On last month’s full moon, Hawker M. James (formerly Mike James/Mikey Jukebox, mastermind behind Admirers and The Mercies, one-time Longwave drummer), a prolific singer/songwriter known in part for his DIY production ethic, released “These Hands Are Made Of Fire” a pure indie rock track with just a hint of Manic Street Preachers and Guided By Voices.
This month’s single “I Want Your Love” is a glam nod to T. Rex and Iggy Pop with a hint of Radiohead. Says Hawker “This song was originally written way back in ’97 when I was obsessed with anything glam: Bowie, T. Rex, NY Dolls. It’s an homage today, but was very unintentional when it happened, so long ago. I was just inspired and brooding with that music.”
Co-produced by John Hampton (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Gin Blossoms, etc.) and co-written by Schiltz the single was written “when we were young and just giddy about music. This is a year before he left for NYC, so we were still green and innocent.”
Hawker M. James is the brainchild of Mike James, who first came to recognition as the drummer in Longwave during their peak of popularity and critical buzz (from late 2001 to early 2004). James was asked to join Longwave by bandleader and childhood friend Steve Schiltz. Prior to joining Longwave, however, Mike had amassed a large body of his own material. He has always been highly active as a home recordist and continues to be so today. James has led and fronted several solo-driven acts before and after Longwave, including The Mercies and Mikey Jukebox — both of which have charted on indie charts and had songs featured on hit TV shows includingCommunity, Gossip Girl, New Girl, Ben & Kate, Up All Night, Ravenswood, and the film “The Secret Lives of Dorks.” James also plays drums and produces The Demos and most recently the leader of Admirers.
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