Staying true to HAWK’s theme of shedding light on political and social issues, “Once Told” focuses on the disturbance and disappointment many have with Ireland’s antiquated abortion laws. It is still illegal to have an abortion except for on extremely rare occasions. Lead singer, Julie Hawk, explains the drive behind “Once Told”:
“This song is just a tiny fraction of the frustration that’s being felt every day.”
In the music video, Hawk stares directly into your eyes singing of this frustration, while around her, her band mates twitch, tweak and itch with discomfort. The overall feeling of this video is deep, unsettling and disturbing. It harnesses and displays the exasperation of both women and men, visually and in song.
“Once Told” is a track off of HAWK’s upcoming, self-titled EP, due out April 15th, 2016 on Veta Records.