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The Dredgehawks are a five-member rock band from Birmingham Alabama that combines elements of garage, alternative, punk, blues, and modern rock. The Dredgehawks formed in the fall of 2012 as four members (Luke Coddington, Jeremy Day, Seth Levy, and Mark Setzer) began experimenting in informal jam sessions after playing together previously in a local cover band, The Pearl Keys. The chemistry of these sessions quickly led to the generation of original instrumental material that reflected the raucous, frenetic energy that was a hallmark of the Pearl Keys’ live shows. These songs were heavily influenced by the band’s diverse range of musical tastes, which range from the scorching guitar riffs and solos of alternative, southern, and blues rock to the mellow sounds of acoustic and folk music to the unpretentious and careless attitude of garage punk.
The band’s initial creativity flowed from the aggressive yet melodic dueling guitar play of Luke Coddington and Jeremy Day, the forceful, innovative bass guitar of multi-instrumentalist Mark Setzer, and the classically trained precision drumming of Seth Levy. However, the band quickly realized that the full potential of these songs could not be realized without the addition of a strong vocalist. During one jam session, Mark Setzer grabbed the mic and never looked back, creating what are at once captivating but also lyrically interesting vocals that helped to give the songs purpose and emotion. Bassist and longtime friend Josh Hobbs joined the band in the winter of 2013, adding inventive original rhythms based on his own classical and blues rock influences and providing a full multi-layered structure to the band’s music. The Dredgehwaks have been continually writing new music since this time.
In June of 2013, the band began playing live shows in the Birmingham area under the name The Dredgehawks.