HAWKWIND – Stories From Time And Space (2024)

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Legendary cosmic space rock British band HAWKWIND will release their brand-new studio album, “Stories From Time And Space“, via Cherry Red Records on both CD and double vinyl, and so coincide with live shows by the band leading through to the summer.
The album has everything Hawkwind fans new and old could ask for – from Dave Brock’s trademark vocals and chugging guitar riffs to roaming solos, gradual melancholic crescendos and rapturous peaks, it’s a record that sits tightly in the Hawkwind groove, delivering an intense concentrated fusion of musical styles.
From the futuristic, synth-laden opener of ‘Our Lives Can’t Last Forever’ and innovative psychedelic swirl of ‘The Starship (One Love One Life)’ and ‘Traveller of Time & Space’, to the menacing riffs of ‘What Are We Going To Do While We’re Here’ and ‘Stargazers’, the band deliver 13 tracks of classic-style material.

Whatever epithet you want to put on the band, there’s no denying Hawkwind is the real deal when it comes to National Treasures, British Institution or Trail Blazers. Having been on this journey since 1969 and having had so many members as to need their own Wikipedia page, that they are still a functioning band and have reached the milestone of this, studio album number thirty-six.

Never slouches on the album front, Hawkwind seem to have been in a rich vein of form since 2016’s The Machine Stops, not only with the number of records – eight including this one – but the quality of those releases, and I see no reason why ”Stories from Time and Space” would be met any differently.
You don’t have to be a space engineer to sniff the subtle undercurrent washing this album. From the title to a cursory glance at the back of the product, it’s obvious the passage of time colours great swathes of the record.

Opening with Our Lives Can’t Last Forever, complete with the mantra “Time waits for no one”, leads us into a slow and synths spacey look at Hawkwind’s more sombre sensibilities. There are times when the band take on a Pink Floyd aspect, Dave Brock coming over like Roger Waters, as the tune takes a retrospective view. But it wouldn’t be Hawkwind if at least some of the classic elements weren’t on show.

Those cosmic touches and instrumental flourishes expected from a Hawkwind record are evident in the more straightforward – if that could ever be an accusation levelled at the band – The Starship (One Love One Life), The Tracker and the instrumental closer, Stargazers. All feed into the classic aesthetic without sounding trite.
What Are We Going to Do While We’re Here? starts slowly, building a hard-edged riff alongside mournful saxophone; Traveller of Time & Space comes across like a psychedelic slice of americana, yet delivered with a classic Hawkwind cosmological bent; and Till I Found You has a guitar tone straight off Steve Rothery’s rig.

”Stories from Time and Space” is punctuated throughout with short interludes: the ethereal Eternal Light, the fragile acoustic Underwater City and the choral and cinematic The Night Sky. Each adding moments of reflection across this mammoth journey.

Main man, Dave Brock is in his eighties now and it’s a testament to his commitment to the cause that Hawkwind have not only reached album 36, but the quality has remained throughout. Can ”Stories from Time and Space” compete with the likes of In Search of Space, Doremi Fasol Latido or Warrior on the Edge of Time? Probably not, but they were fifty-years ago and Hawkwind have changed.
Is this likely to draw in new fans? Possibly not, but if you’ve not heard Hawkwind for a while, or only know them from Silver Machine; or just like music that takes you on a journey, then ”Stories from Time and Space” is a good place to reacquaint yourself with their mission.
Highly Recommended


01 – Our Lives Can’t Last Forever
02 – The Starship (One Love One Life)
03 – What Are We Going To Do While We’re Here
04 – The Tracker
05 – Eternal Light
06 – Till I Found You
07 – Underwater City
08 – The Night Sky
09 – Traveller Of Time & Space
10 – Re-generate
11 – The Black Sea
12 – Frozen In Time
13 – Stargazers

Dave Brock – guitar, vocals
Richard Chadwick – drums
Magnus Martin – guitar
Doug MacKinnon – bass
Tim “Thighpaulsandra” Lewis – keyboards
Michal Sosna – guest saxophone (3)


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