Pop Quiz: Youngblood Hawke

Aidin Vaziri | Youngblood Hawke’s first single, “We Come Running,” is about to become huge. The anthem, which boasts the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir on its chorus, has become a modern rock radio staple over the past few weeksm and its video, featuring the members of the Los Angeles band scuba-diving in a swarm of sharks, is racking up views. Band founders Sam Martin and Simon Katz previously had a near-hit with the band Iglu & Hartly. Martin tells us about the experience that set the tone for the new outfit. Youngblood Hawke, named after a novel by Herman Wouk, supports Keane Friday at the Warfield.

Sam Martin of Youngblood Hawke
Q: I feel kind of sorry for Keane since they have to go on after you.
A: You know, we’ll play at the opening of a Starbucks. We’re not picky. We just love playing for people. Of course, you have to fine-tune the show for different audiences, but at the same time you can’t be something you’re not. It will be a weird and interesting adjustment. We dig their music and are excited to meet them. We couldn’t be happier.
Q: “We Come Running” is such an upbeat song a lot of people probably don’t realize you wrote it in a moment of total desperation.
A: We moved to L.A. in 2004. We knew nobody and had nothing. It took us six years to finally get our foot in the door. The minute we got on the charts with our old band, all the things we worked so hard for disappeared. We were sitting home in our apartments thinking we should go back to college. So we locked ourselves in a room and started writing songs that took our minds off what we were going through at the time.
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