Photo by Kelly Davidson
The latest from Boston's Girl with a Hawk is a stunning power pop ballad that's beauty hides a heartbreaking tale. "Same Stars" is about singer Linda Viens' brother, who was sentenced to a Connecticut prison for eleven years for holding up a convenience store with a toy gun while suffering from heroin addiction, and how much it affected their family. The song is filled with fuzzy and droning guitars, and has a little bit of a Wilco meets The Velvet Underground sound. You can still feel the pain in Viens' voice all of these years later. "Same Stars" is a powerful piece of art that is still uplifting in spite of the pain it reflects.
Linda Viens says of the new song:
“There are times, lucky times, when songs come through the ether to the writer fully formed. ‘Same Stars’ is one of those songs. In the middle of the night as I tossed and turned, feeling my brother’s body and mind and spirit simultaneously tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable on a jail cot, in a metal cell, where the lights never went dark, and the cries and complaints of men could be heard all night long, I got up and picked up the guitar and the song emerged. Songs that come like this are not difficult, they are a gift, a release, and a relief.”
You can watch the video for "Same Stars" below. The single is available now via Red On Red Records, and can be downloaded through Bandcamp. For more on Girl with a Hawk, check out the band on Twitter and Instagram.
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