Pioneers Of Space


Purple Pyramid, 2020

REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa


Hawkestrel is a project put together by former Hawkwind members and plenty of special guests. As a Hawkwind satellite band, it definitely gravitates towards that space rock approach. They are very successful in reproducing the sound and the feel of the mothership band. In other words, be ready for a intergalactic trip of your senses as you’re listening to this album.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The band is based around bassist/guitarist Alan Davey, who appears on every track.  In addition to that, Dave also wrote or co-wrote every song on this record. The only exception is a cover of Post Malone’s “Circles.” The other players include: Nik Turner, Huw Lloyd- Langton, Mick Slattery, Bridget Wishart, Simon House, Michael Moorcook, Ginger Baker, and Paul Rudolph. Some of these players are already deceased, which means they had to record their parts while still alive. The guests include Todd Rundgren, Mick Taylor, Arthur Brown, Carmine Appice, Wayne Kramer, and others. It’s definitely an all-star affair.

Pioneers Of Space is a very solid album and a great listen, but not necessarily a memorable one. You enjoy it tremendously when it is on, but afterwards you walk away not remembering much. The previous record, The Future Is Us, was certainly a much better in that regard. But for a fan who enjoys all things Hawkwind, like this writer, it is still a treat. 

Hawkestrel, alongside with Hawklords, have all the ingredients one needs to create some quality space rock. The two bands are certainly the next best thing to Hawkwind. What sets this band apart is that you get these special ingredients from these particular players. As they left their mark on Hawkwind while they were there, it is now happening on a more independent level. Pioneers of Space is a lovely affair with a serious touch of psy power.

Rating: B

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