The HAVVK tourbus rolls into London town on Thursday 16 May, bringing their herstoric ‘Drawn Together’ tour to a beautiful climax at Paper Dress Vintage, along with Charmpit, Scrounge and I, Doris. Splendid. Here’s a 10 question interview with Julie Hough.
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
Skin – all the vocals. Take my lungs, I’ll stick to bass.
3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?
We just finished a song which only has a placeholder name at the moment called Post. We wrote most of it over a weekend staying at Matt’s mum’s house in Arundel and recorded it the demo in her dining room. It’s about a person who’s floating and elated with self-belief and wants everyone below to join them in the air. An unusually positive track from us but I’m sure we’ll muggy it up somehow.
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
Played? Supporting And So I Watch You From Afar in Berlin. Watched? Definitely Sleater Kinney at the Roundhouse. I never thought it would happen and then it happened.
5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
I have fallen in love with the album Utakata no Hibi by Japanese eighties synth group, Mariah. One of the tracks, ‘Shinzo No Tobira, popped up on my Spotify a couple of years ago and suddenly I started hearing that one track all over the place in Berlin in cafes and between sets at gigs. The whole album is gorgeous though and way before its time.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
However much it seems that other artists have it all figured out, they are probably going through very similar doubts and challenges. Reach out, ask questions, share advice – try not to see them as your competitors but as part of your community.
7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
Sleater Kinney – The Woods
Savages – Silence Yourself
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell
8. What are your musical goals?
Make music that we love and that resonates with a few people the way those albums have with me. Play a hand in making the industry do better for female and other underrepresented musicians.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?
Side A of our flipping debut album (!!!) ‘Cause & Effect’ is out this flipping Friday!
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
Gonna do a Drawn Together special here – see any of these bands if you get a chance!
Sing Again Syren, Newcastle
This trio joined us in Newcastle and they are pure skill and prowess. They are riff-filled, die-hard rock with a vibe that brings you back to seventies power-bands even though I’m pretty sure their all still in college!
I literally couldn’t stop smiling watching this pair in Glasgow, which is ironic because they are probably the most dead-pan band I’ve ever seen live. Watching them is like going to a goth rave.
Strange New Places, Belfast
They make gorgeous summery rock and their songs read like a diary about youth and identity and finding solidarity in your community. I was really moved watching them.
MeMe Detroit, Birmingham
MeMe is one of the most dexterous performers I’ve ever seen live – crawling and climbing up the walls during her set but never missing a note. Her voice is stunning, her hooks are catchy af and her attitude is awesome.
Another mind-blower from our Newcastle show. Living proof that you make serious mark on a room full of music fans while rocking a pair of stilettos.