Since 2004, music lovers have enjoyed a real camaraderie with rising pop-punk band Hawk Nelson, helping the quartet sell nearly half a million albums, land personal appearances on major television and motion picture projects, and gain high-profile song placement (“Bring ‘Em Out”) with NBC’s NFL Sunday Night Football campaign. “Going into this record, we sat down and thought about how we’ve always had this mentality of not so much winning fans as making friends,” says frontman Jason Dunn. “We want to be clear that we’re all about being on the same level as the audience.” Now the true bond of friendship between the group and others continues to strengthen, mature, and be more overtly celebrated than even before with the Ontario-originated act’s third Tooth & Nail release, Hawk Nelson Is My Friend. For all of their adventures and successes thus far, the members of Hawk Nelson still see themselves as “four guys just trying to make it,” says Dunn. “We’ll always be working toward that, trying to be THE band and write the best songs possible.” Hawk Nelson Is My Friend most definitely lives up to that goal.