While most bands' stories begin in the heart of an urban jungle, Meadowhawks story begins in Upstate NY's wilderness and their sound has never left there. Formed in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the members of Meadowhawks met while attending Bard College and came together after singer/guitarist (and drummer during recording) Ryan MacLean wrote what would become the group's eclectic debut EP. MacLean sought to marry his love of hook driven indie/garage rock with jazz harmony to form a sound as mammoth as the Catskill Mountains themselves. Released on July 20th 2014, the band's debut EP was recorded at Rhinebeck NYs Clubhouse Studios (the room responsible for The National's 'Trouble Will Find Me') and mastered at NYC's Sterling Sound. In the words of music blog The Equal Ground: "Through these four songs the band successfully defines their own sound that will resonate with anyone who has an appreciation for well-written indie pop."
In the fall of 2014, Meadowhawks embarked on a hugely successful fall tour which included shows at Brooklyn's The Trash Bar, O'Brien's Pub in Boston, Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia and a well received set at Hastings NY's Take Me to the River Festival. The band is continuing its momentum into 2016 by releasing their 2nd EP, "Wild Suburbia," which was recorded at Woodstock NY's Dreamland Studios in 2015. To support the EP MacLean and bassist Dan Vernam embarked on their' first California tour with many more dates to be announced. No matter what stage they stomp on or what they create in the studio, Meadowhawks core philanthropy is not only to prove music's colorful vitality, but to propel it into the future. You're in for a wild ride ladies and gents.
Ryan MacLean - guitar/vocals (bass/keyboards/drums on recordings)
Dan Vernam - bass/vocals
Eli Frank - guitar/vocals
Lucas Henry - drums