Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX
Lace up your hiking boots because Hikes is here to take you on a musical journey to a place where pain, beauty, and the strength to overcome it all flows in abundance. Fronted by Filipinx naturalist Nay Wilkins, this Austin band uses their newest album, Mahal Kita (a Tagalog term for “I Love You”), to explore the empathy and compassion required to not only survive but flourish in the face of hardship and trauma. Like the subject matter it tackles, this album is the band’s most intense and musically complex album to date. Songs on the new album follow the heavy instrumental folk of previous work but take the time to blossom and unfold in a way that Hikes fans will certainly appreciate. Mahal Kita reintroduces Claire Puckett (Mother Falcon) on guitar and vocals, alongside the technical prowess of long-running members Colin Jenkins (Bass) and Chris Long (Drums), as well as marimbas from The Kraken Quartet. Get a sneak preview of the new music from their recent visit to Studio 1A and make plans to catch the band at their album release show at Barracuda on Friday, January 17th w/ Kraken Quartet and Christelle Bofale!