HAKAN: II: LP

Does the word “hakan” translate to Marked Men? I am pretty sure it doesn’t, but it should. This Italian band definitely has a lot of love for Denton’s finest (as should we all). There are several keys as to why this band and record are so amazing. 1.) They have the chops and the songs—so catchy, and so good! 2.) While they pay obvious homage to Marked Men, they don’t come off like a carbon copy. There is enough Hakan in the mix to own it and have me wanting to hear more rather than just wanting to put Fix My Brain on. 3.) It can do nothing but help to have Jeff Burke (of the holy quaternity itself) record your album. It sounds so damn good. In an age where chances are slim that the Marked Men are going to get together to record new music together (no matter how much I will it to happen), I am happy that Hakan is out there to partially fill that empty space in my heart. –Ty Stranglehold (Drunken Sailor, drunkensailorrecords.co.uk)