Mario Montes Photo                                Woodhawk, comprised of Turner Midzain, left, Mike Badmington and Kevin Nelson, recently released it debut LP Beyond the Sun. The group performs during Fuzz Fest 4 at the Queen’s.

Mario Montes Photo Woodhawk, comprised of Turner Midzain, left, Mike Badmington and Kevin Nelson, recently released it debut LP Beyond the Sun. The group performs during Fuzz Fest 4 at the Queen’s.

Woodhawk performs during Fuzz Fest at the Queen’s in Nanaimo

Four bands perform during concert in Nanaimo May 5

Creating a high-energy show and ensuring the riffs are powerful are important components for Woodhawk.

The band recently released its debut nine song LP Beyond the Sun and an official video for the first single off the album, The High Priest.

“It’s kind of about certain figures being in power that shouldn’t have as much power as they do,” said Mike Badmington, bassist and vocalist for the band, about the song. “It’s a fast, hard-hitting song with a lot of energy.”

The album is a collection of songs Woodhawk has created over the past three years. During that time, some members came and went, but Badmington said the album sound is representative of Woodhawk now with its current members.

Current members include Badmington, Turner Midzain, lead vocalist and guitarist, and drummer Kevin Nelson.

AlthoughWoodhawk is often described as a stoner fuzz rock ‘n’ roll band, or simply stoner rock, Badmington said the band steers away from that label because it comes with connotations of drug use.

The group is influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy and more modern groups such as Red Fang.

Badmington said his journey with music started out as a childhood hobby. He started playing guitar and became childhood friends with Midzain and convinced him to play guitar as well. Over the years, the two have performed in a number of different bands together and worked on various projects.

Woodhawk performs during Fuzz Fest along with Dead Quiet, Rorchach and As Ash Fell at the Queen’s on May 5. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance available from the Queen’s and Fascinating Rhythm or are $15 at the door.

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