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Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences

Outsider Pop champions…Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences!

I was already a huge fan of Paul Hawkins & The(e) Awkward Silences long before “The Wrong Life” was even considered, their two LPs on Jezus Factory are a couple of the coolest records in the world. Absolute Post-Punk fury with wild imaginations and immaculate production, I was crazy for these weirdos. So, when the opportunity came up to feature them in the “AAH 2011 EP Series” I was very very proud of myself indeed. We even scored our first bit of BBC Radio 1 airplay from it, right on!

On “The Wrong Life” Hawkins and company dropped an ‘e’ from their name and much of the Post-Punk / Anti-Folk lunacy of their earlier material, experimenting with an Alternative Country / Backwater Murder Ballad style…there were zombies, stolen trains, pillars of salt and a whole lot more. We then followed it up with a frantic Double A-Side single which I wanted to release on cassette but I couldn’t afford it.

But it turned out pretty good, right?

The Awkward Silences on Facebook

Highly Recommended: Jezus Factory Records Back Catalogue

“Twisted, frustrated, comedic, one thing is for certain, this isn’t pretty, but it damn sure is charming.”Bearded

“Underground legend…Doing something truly on their own and making the rules up as they go along”Artrocker

“Clamouring for the position of best British band of the 21st Century – 5/5” God Is In The TV

“Hawkins’ deadpan vocal delivery works to great effect…lyrics are very clever and spot-on…a thoroughly unpleasant listen.”Drowned In Sound

“Paul Hawkins is the Preacher Man – 8/10.”The Music Fix

“Rejoice in their individualism, their energy, their off-kilter rock n roll with intruiging lyrics and a captivating presence.”Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

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