Benny Zanfagna is after something different. With Red Tail Hawk, the multi-talented musician might have found it. The group was started by Zanfagna after he was all but burned out from his previous group.
“We had toured about 230 shows in a year and we were living out of the van and doing that part of it,” said Zangfagna talking with Alternative Addiction about the formation of the band. “After working that hard, I needed a retreat. So I got a housesitting gig and started writing a new album – it was more than a new album – it turned into this really inspiring part of my life. From there, the band formed organically. There are guys that I’ve known for years here. I reconnected with friends I played with in middle school jazz band, a lot of childhood friends – that type of thing.”
You can hear that word organic all the way through the music from Red Tail Hawk. The band’s attempting to take a focus on artistry and take it to another level. Zangfagna does that in his own studio and he does it noticeably well on the band’s new single, “Swimming.”
“It came to me in a really positive period where I was just peeling back the layers of reality. I was dismissing a lot of arbitrary things. The song speaks to this reality we all kind of live in. We’re always learning more and hopefully throwing away the arbitrary things that don’t matter and getting to the core of what’s important, learning as we go and letting go of what we think we know – finding our own truths, whatever that is for each person out there,” added Zanfagna.
It’s safe to say that Benny has some lofty artistic goals with Red Tail Hawk because he talks so passionate about the project. If “Swimming” is any indication, he should meet those goals. As we get closer to the band’s upcoming album, “Night Soup”, we’ll have more on Red Tail Hawk. Look for the band to do a regional tour around the east coast soon. For more info on group, visit theredtailhawk.com. aa