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Youngblood Hawke became coping mechanism for co-founders

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For Sam Martin and Simon Katz, forming Youngblood Hawke after leaving Iglu & Hartly in 2011 represented something of a "catharsis."

"That band fell apart basically because of relationships in the band," explains Martin, 29. "It got really bad. It was me and Simon and one other guy, and we felt like we never had a voice in that group.

"But we spent a huge portion of our lives invested in that, and it was all over one day. So we just decided to start writing songs to deal with all these emotions -- the anger and fear and whatever we were going through at the time -- because we were in a huge transition point in our lives."

Martin says he and Katz weren't even thinking about putting another band together. But as they came up with material -- including "We Come Running," the first single from the Youngblood Hawke's just-released debut album, "Wake Up" -- it began turning into something more than a songwriting enterprise.

"I think one day it just clicked," says Martin, who named the band after the Herman Wouk novel that was a favorite of his favorite uncle's. "(Katz) and I clicked as writing partners and the music started feeling like, 'This is us. This is what we want to say. This is music we want to make.'

"It started to feel really magical and we were like, 'We have to start performing these.' We just made the decision to do it again, to go for it. So we recruited our best friends in the world and started the band, and it's been great."

Youngblood Hawke, All Get Out, Seahaven and Young Statues perform Thursday, May 9, at The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

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