[J]emez Mountain Hawkz have released their debut EP, Hey-Mez, just as New Englanders contemplate the passing of summer and fill with dread at the thought of the coming winter. What can we do to prepare for the dark and cold besides hoarding whiskey and purchasing a sun lamp? Fear not music lovers, the answer lies in the soothing sounds of the 5-song EP delivered with love, and a shot of south-western sunshine, to help us make it through.
The opening track, “CA-2,” is filled with harmonica, jangly-guitars, and ends in a chorus of “ba-ba-bahs,” all of which will make any east coaster want to jump in the car and point the headlights west. Speaking of heading west, the EP’s second track, “California Bound,” finds lead singer Dameon Lee Waggoner asking for a reason to turn the truck around before he heads off to the Golden State, knowing full well nothing is going to stop him. It’s a harmonizing, beauty of a track and highlights the band’s southern vibe. “Long Ride Home” is your classic “messed up something awful and thinking about what you’ve done” folk-tinged, country song that almost everyone can place themselves in at one point in their life. The last two tracks, “Snow is Silver” and “Summer’s Gone,” seem to speak directly to the snow bound states, each song comparing love and loss with the changing of the seasons.
Hey-Mez is the perfect accompaniment to the forthcoming winter. A banjo-picking reminder that all is not lost when the sun sets at four-thirty and chill hits your bones on the walk home. Just add the Jemez Mountain Hawkz to your winter routine and set your sights on the Pacific.