NewsSeptember 6, 2011 7:53 PM ET4,499 views

Metal Blade Records signs Gypsyhawk

Official press release: Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Gypsyhawk, a band who hails from Pasadena, CA and is part of the Modern Wave of Classic Heavy Metal. Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and Deep Purple with contemporaries like The Hellacopters, somehow just a few average dudes -- with a penchant for riffs -- have set out to return music to the people that really appreciate it. Gypsyhawk is a band's band, a fan's band, and a flat-out rock and roll band when music needs it most. The band comments: "Metal Blade Records has been making the hits since before most of us were born. They inherently had a latent inspiration on all of us, cranking out some of the most inspirational sounds to come out after the '70s. To be part of this family doesn't leave much to be desired. In the mean time we'll be doing our best to live up to the Metal Blade legacy and couldn't be more eager for everything we've been working for during the last two and half years." "Gypsyhawk captures the epic 70¡äs hard rock riffs of such great 70's bands as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with their own updated twist. We are excited to be working with such a gifted band and look forward to their first album on Metal Blade." comments Michael Faley of Metal Blade Records. Not wasting any time, the band hits the road starting tomorrow, Wednesday September 7, on a headline run that kicks off in Ventura, CA at Zoey's Caf¨¦ and wraps up on at The Launch Pad in Albuquerque, NM on October 13. "This is our fifth tour and will definitely be the best one yet. It didn't take long for the last one to solidify us as an extremely solid and explosive live band. Now we have several new cities to break in and five brand new songs for all the familiar cities to have something different to gnaw on. And to top it all off the first week includes our good buds Huntress so that'll be a solid enough party that if it were a scene in a film you would have to use Boston's 'Smokin'' and Bob Seger System's 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man' in the background." Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris (former bassist of Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch), Gypsyhawk's foursome is rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Erik Kluiber, and drummer Ian Brown.

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