There’s hardly a time you’d listen to a performance by this Tooth & Nail signee, Hawk Nelson, that their signature punk rock style won’t bring to mind the fun-loving, rambunctious, and anthropomorphic chipmunks! The band’s fifth studio album Crazy Love explores life’s philosophies with a twist: a return to the early days of Hawk Nelson rock with an ever-maturing look at life and the need for truth. Crazy Love is some old-school punk rock that’s filled with some “Tally-Ho” eccentricity, as well as hints of reflective flavors. Overall, it is one of our most well-rounded albums dealing with truth,” says frontman Jason Dunn.
“Part of this truth talk is us growing older and wanting to sing about what’s real to us,” says bassist Daniel Biro. “The truth topics make Crazy Love the most different from past records; we are definitely more overt about our faith this time. It’s satisfying to be real like that.”
With Crazy Love, Dunn, Biro, Jonathan Steingard (guitar) and Justin Benner (drums) continue the call for action heard on the band’s last studio album Live Life Loud. Inspired by Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love, Dunn and producer Ian Eskelin wrote the title track and debut radio single as a greater wake-up call to love: “This book made me realize how much God loves each and every one of us,” says Dunn. “Sometimes submerged in a Christian environment, we lose perspective of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We need to wake up and grasp the meaning of what he did; Jesus made something completely unattainable, attainable, and we are called to live in and practice that same ‘crazy’ love.”
Whereas the album’s title single “Crazy love” reminisces a TobyMac swagger, the anthemic tracks “My Next Breath” and “We can change the World” takes on a rhythmic Skillet’s vulnerable style.
Hawk Nelson would have fans seize the day and live this love, as heard in the new song “One Shot”: “You got one shot, all you got, take it now. You gotta get up, get up, get up / One life, live it right, keep on moving forward. / You got one shot, all you got, live out loud. / Come on, wake up, wake up, wake up before it’s over.”
Where sober reflections and punk rock combine in a synth-laced “Your Love Is A Mystery” and loud and fast “Skeleton,” songs that admit faults and insecurities that can only give way to Christ’s love. “Often we forget that God is there, so we take control. It’s easy to think that we have control until reality hits us. These songs show that no matter how hard we fall, God, in his love, is there to pick us up,” says Benner.
Their music will be placable to the ears of both secular punk rockers and christian rockers alike!
Crazy Love Track Listing:
2. Your Love Is A Mystery
3. Crazy Love
4. My Next Breath
5. We’re Alright
7. We Can Change The World
8. One Shot
12. Done Holding On
13. Thanks For The Beautiful Memories