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HAVVK: 52 – track of the day

Today’s track of the day is ’52’ – a haunting pop reflection on the spectre of Brexit, by the awesome HAVVK. Powerhouse Julie Hough tells us:

“52 was initially influenced by the run-up to the Brexit vote back in 2016, but the song has taken on more and more significance to us since then. It expresses a lot of our sadness and anger at seeing a political wedge driven through our community back when we were living in London. The message remains completely true to us today – but probably now on bigger scale. We continue to be disappointed by our extreme political climate and the lack of responsibility of those leading it. It’s disgusting to see people’s differences used as a political vehicle and to see how it’s manifesting in extreme news media and hate crime. 52 is a song about processing this – the burst bubble of waking up to the Brexit vote back in 2016 and the ongoing tension we’re seeing today.”

Keep em peeled for another banger coming from HAVVK in the next couple of days …

HAVVK: 10 question interview

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? 

Lizzo 

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! 

Gravelle, Glasgow

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. 

Pussywillowfurryvenus, Newcastle 

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. 

HAVVK: If I Don’t Tell You – track of the day

Our favourite London-Irish-Berliners HAVVK have a tasty new single out If I Don’t Tell You. This single is the third release from their upcoming debut album, Cause & Effect, out later this year.

The single tackles the very real and current issue of social media and how we can become lost between a genuine version of ourselves and the one that we feel pressured to present online. Julie elaborates,

If I Don’t Tell You deals with our experience of trying to engage on a social and political level, in a space that often seems so preoccupied with extremes that there appears to be little room for genuine discussion and a lot of voices and lived experiences get lost in the noise.”


UK fans grab your diaries and cancel anything that clashes with your local date on HAVVK’s May ‘Drawn Together’ tour. LOUD WOMEN are thrilled to be hosting the London leg on 16 May, at Paper Dress Vintage along with Charmpit, Scrounge and I, Doris. You’ll be hearing more about that between now and then, but here’s the dates in the meantime:

  • 2nd May – Oh Yeah Music Centre – Belfast
  • 3rd May – The Cumberland Arms – Newcastle
  • 4th May – HATCH – Sheffield
  • 8th May – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
  • 9th May – Broadcast – Glasgow
  • 11th May – Castle and Falcon – Birmingham
  • 12th May – The Musician – Leicester
  • 16th May – Paper Dress Vintage – London
  • 17th May – Zed Alley – Bristol
  • 18th May – The Den – Bath

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HAVVK drops ‘Glass’ and it’s smashing

HAWK-0318HAVVK is the new moniker for Julie Hough’s band previously known to us as HAWK. To celebrate the new name, there’s a smashing new single – ‘Glass’ – here it is!

Originally written in 2015, and released in the run up to the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum, Glass addresses themes of conflict and resolution. The single has been completely re-mastered, creating a fuller sound and reflecting the musical progression the band have made over the past few years. Filled with delicate, twinkling hooks, the soaring ethereal splendour of front woman Julie Hawk’s vocals envelop the listener in a bewitching, swirling majesty, creating something hauntingly poignant. The re-release also coincides with their rebrand. To cut through the online presence of similarly named artists, past and present, the band have amended their moniker to HAVVK, maintaining the identity and legacy of the project and making it unique and easy to find – so we no longer miss anything from the band!”