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NEWS: Hamish Hawk announces new album and shares first single

Scottish musician Hamish Hawk has signed to Fierce Panda to release new album A Firmer Hand. To celebrate, Hawk has released the first single from the record, ‘Big Cat Tattoos’.

The track is playful, propulsive and searingly honest. Hawk said: “Big Cat Tattoos is just one of the great unsaid that make up the new record, and it’s the birthplace of the album’s title: ‘A Firmer Hand’. Unknowingly I’d been building up an ugly arsenal of great unsaids over the past few years, and the album became a place I could offload them, and with any luck put them to rest.”

“I tried to avoid cleaning things up at the time of writing, I cornered myself into a warts-and-all approach. But don’t be fooled, ‘Big Cat Tattoos’ is all talk. Our hero gets a few barbs in nice and early, and lands a couple of clumsy jabs, but in the end we’re witness to nothing more tan a petty diatribe. It’s embittered, unbecoming and wholly embarrassing. It does have a certain get-up-and-go though.”

Hawk will be performing a number of gigs this summer across the UK and Europe, beginning with shows at the Stag & Dagger Festival in Scotland. He will play in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris with Villagers before returning to the UK to play a number of headline shows.

Full tour dates and tickets can be found here.

A Firmer Hand is out on 16th August via Fierce Panda.

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