Youngblood Hawke (band)

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Youngblood Hawke
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active2012-present
Associated actsIglu & Hartly
MembersNik Hughes
Alice Katz
Simon Katz
Samuel Martin
Omar Ahmed
Tasso Smith

Youngblood Hawke is an American indie pop band based in Los Angeles, California.[1]


Both Simon Katz and Sam Martin were in the band Iglu & Hartly, but after a 2011 hiatus, the two reformed with three of their long-time friends to form Youngblood Hawke.[2] Their name is taken from the Herman Wouk novel of the same name.[3] In October 2011, before landing a recording contract with Universal Republic, Youngblood had a residency at The Satellite[4] in Los Angeles. Aside from that, the group has performed at South by Southwest, playing showcases such as Comedy Central Workaholics showcase,[5] and Purevolume House.[6][7][8]

The band was based in Silverlake, Los Angeles, where they were working on their debut album and worked odd jobs on the side during the recording process.[9] Youngblood Hawke's first single "We Come Running", was described by LA Weekly's Kevin Bronson as showing the quintet's "skills at grabbing hold of the pop jugular vein".[10] Their track "Forever" was the Starbucks Pick of the Week for September 2012.[11] Before that, they joined the line-up for both the Echo Park Rising Festival[12] as well as Lobsterfest.[13] "We Come Running" was also featured on the soundtrack for the association football video game FIFA 13.[14] "We Come Running" was also used in the first episode of The 100 (TV series).[15] In 2014, another song from their debut album, "Stars", was featured in a commercial for the streaming service Netflix.[16]

Youngblood Hawke's video for their debut single "We Come Running" was featured on Rolling Stone, "where they play music and scuba dive with sharks in time" in hopes to help promote the conservation of sharks.[17]

The band is currently in the process of recording their second studio album[18] and its lead single "Pressure" was released in early 2014.[19][20] They "plan on releasing a cover song accompanied by a band-made music video every month until the album is released," starting with Private Eyes by Hall & Oates which was released on March 2, 2015.[21]

The band's song "Knock Me Down"[22] was released on July 30, 2015 as the second single from the band's forthcoming second album.[23] A lyric video for the song was released on May 30, 2017, nearly two years after its initial release.[24] Meanwhile, the song was featured in a commercial for PlayStation 4[25] and also in the UFC documentary Road to the Octagon.[26] The song was later used in an Applebee's commercial[27] and was also featured in the soundtrack for Madden NFL 16.[28]

The band's new song "Robbers" was released on June 15, 2017.[29] Another new single called "Trust" was released on February 9, 2018.[30]

Buzz Bands LA touched on the band's four-year hiatus, writing "[the band] has been in the background, ensconced in things like day jobs, solo projects, musical collaborations and impending parenthood."[31]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Wake Up 58

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
Youngblood Hawke 193 3


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Alt
US Rock
Canada Alt
2012 "We Come Running" 7 22 17 17 ARIA: Gold[39] Wake Up
2013 "Stars (Hold On)"
2014 "Pressure" Non-album singles
2015 "Knock Me Down"
2016 "Landslide" (with Vicetone)
2017 "Robbers"
2018 "Trust"

Featured singles[edit]

Year Single
2013 "Big City Lights"[40]
(Sinead Burgess featuring Youngblood Hawke)
2014 "Wolves"[41]
(DiGiTALiSM featuring Youngblood Hawke)
"Endless Summer"[42]
(Miracle featuring Youngblood Hawke)
"Live Like We'll Never Die"[43]
(Chiddy Bang featuring Youngblood Hawke)

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Culprit"[44] 2013 The Walking Dead: Songs of Survival
"Bring Me Home"[45] The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
"Collide"[46] 2014 Non-album single


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  5. ^ "Workaholics - Series | Comedy Central Official Site". Retrieved 2013-08-07.
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  12. ^ "August 17 and 18, 2013". Echo Park Rising. Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  13. ^ "Home - Redondo Beach Lobster Festival". Retrieved 2013-08-07.
  14. ^ "FIFA 13 Soundtrack". September 6, 2012. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
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  43. ^ "Earth To Echo (Music From the Motion Picture)". iTunes.
  44. ^ ""The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 2...Sounds of Survival" Available Aug. 27". Republic Records.
  45. ^ "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes.
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