HAVVK 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!”
Here’s HAWK – the stunning headliners of our St Patricia’s Day Fest this year – with a captivating new single, ‘Keeps Me Out’, out now via Veta Records.
‘Keeps Me Out’ flaunts Julie Hawk’s other-worldly vocals over big purple guitars. (They may or may not be purple – they sound it, you see.) Likened to Slowdive and Cocteau Twins, Julie herself explains the meaning behind the track:
“We’d been on tour doing a lot of long drives listening to Loveless and Souvlaki, and when we got back, we felt a real urge to go full shoe-gaze. The lyrics are Inspired by those days when the most tempting decision is to do nothing and immerse yourself in distractions from your inner demons. Deciding to make a change in your life – whatever that may be – means setting a new bar that feels unattainable; that can feel like a failure waiting to happen.”
HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, spending spells of time in their adopted second home in Berlin. They now produce all music themselves and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together – a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.
Catch HAWK live at Birdies Bar on 5th May 2018 for The Local at Liverpool Sound City.
Berlin's HAWK are headlining our St Patricia's Day Fest this Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London, and we can't wait! We asked frontwoman Julie 10 questions ...
- Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
- 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?
Erik Whitacre. He would conduct our 200 strong backing choir, naturally.
- If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
- What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends?
Put your hands together.
- Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Slow at Work by Aoife McElwain. I’m a work nerd and this book at been the saviour of my 2018 so far. It’s all about slowing down, working more healthily and still getting results while living a balanced life (see my current unending list of projects).
- One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Matt plays a Fender TC90 usually with a Fender Deville 4×10. We both get a lot of stares due to the sheer amount of pedals, but each one has its important moment. As a three-piece we need the guitar and bass to fill a lot of space so we have a good range of pedals to do the job – you might not notice all of them, but you’d notice if they were gone. (I’m defintiely quoting Matt there!) He uses three different distortions, four reverb pedals, a POG octave pedal, a digital delay, a bit crusher and a few other toys… too many toys. The combinations give him the ability to have huge epic reverbs and brutal crunchy distortions. I am new to the bass but freaking adoring it. I play a short scale Gretch with a few drive pedals, as well as a RAT and tremolo pedal for special moments.
- What’s the best thing about being in your band?
We have a shared level of nerdiness about the kind of music we love and it means we bring a lot of different influences to the table, but we’re also enthusiastically obsessive over everything to do with our sound. This only works if you’re all on the same page.
- What are your band goals?
It’s all early days at the moment, but our first album is definitely what we’re building towards right now. Long term, we want to be able to do this sustainably, to get on the road and to continue to see our sound grow throughout our releases. But I also think that working in music is becoming a more fluid career for me than solely being in a band. While the major label industry is in a bit of a flux, I see so much potential in music community, which is even more exciting when you consider the access we have to technology. We all have projects outside of the band, whether it’s other productions, our label Veta Records, or my own design and events work with artists. If we can build those things and continue to grow the core band project, that would be amazing.
- What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We’ve got a new single, Keeps Me Out, coming out at the end of March. And a sparkly new video!
- Give your top 5 contemporary bands.
Party Fears – Our Berlin buds. Their songwriting is so strong and their performances are really energetic and raw. Plus a sense of humour and not giving a fuck.
Sleater Kinney – I love everything they touch. Their evolution as band inspires me so much.
Kendrick Lamar – Incredible story-telling and characterisation on top of amazing production.
Mitski – She’s so fricking smart and honest, and her music surprises me with something new every time I listen back to it.
tUnE yArDs – Nobody makes me want to sing and dance and stand up for myself like Merrill.
Catch HAWK live at our St Patricia's Day Fest this Saturday 17 March at DIY Space for London
Released today, the mighty Berlin-based HAWK are treating our earholes to a gorgeous new single, Can’t Explain, via Veta Records.
Inspired by Irish history, the Catholic church and its mistreatment of women, Below oozes a twinkling, ethereal splendour as the spine-tingling emotion of Julie Hawk’s celestial vocals flow. With a rich, haunting grandeur, a shimmering delicacy is juxtaposed with a searing passion and dark undertones, conveying the track’s message with a captivating grace. Julie explains “as an Irish woman, both looking back at how women were treated in the past and the desperate lack of progress today, I feel betrayed by my country. We’re still fighting for basic reproductive rights for women and seeing an embarrassing response from our government.”
Similarly, Can’t Explain is another example of HAWK’s acute social awareness and ability to create powerful soundscapes with a unique, compelling elegance. It was written as a reaction to people’s ignorance and the power privilege has to erase the voices of those who need to be heard. A gritty slice of grunge-filled indie, it’s propelled by thrashing riffs and a seething passion. Can’t Explain showcases the soaring power of Julie’s vocal at its most intense, as a potent sense of urgency rages throughout.
HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, before relocating to Berlin last year where they now produce all music themselves, and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together – a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.
Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze, Once Told and most recently, Sin, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Combining an abrasive edge with a beguiling grace, activism is at the heart of all HAWK create, with their music covering a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups.
Catch HAWK live:
22nd November 2017 – HAWK plus The Anatomy Of Frank – The Lexington – Tickets
AA-side Can’t Explain / Below is out on 17th November 2017 via Veta Records.
Julie Hawk, front woman of Hawk, has created a beautiful multimedia project called ‘Female Fronted, Drawn Together’. This is very much LOUD WOMEN’s cup of tea! A playlist of inspirational female musicians, past and present, with an illustration to accompany each song. Julie has kindly written a piece exclusively for LOUD WOMEN explaining her work on the project.
I don’t know where I’d be without the musical women who have influenced me. I started Female Fronted, Drawn Together as a project that combines music and illustration in a way that celebrates this; that allows me to share their music and give a little back to say thank you.
There wasn’t really a plan at first in terms of what I would base each drawing on. But I think that’s led to a really organic and personal process of pin-pointing where my feelings lie, because each artist has affected my life in a totally different way. Some of these women I admire for their message or for their musical creativity. Some of them have given me unforgettable live experiences. And some of them I associate with significant memories, whether happy or sad – the right place at the right time.
I don’t think believe that anyone hears the same piece of music in the same way. Each connection that an artist makes with a listener is unique and complex. On top of this, female fronted music is so often lumped together as a single genre in a way that doesn’t acknowledge the diverse voices and talent and ideas that each woman brings to the table. I feel like in many ways, girls grow up to feel competitive to one another, but there’s been an amazing and positive backlash against this in music lately. I’m seeing so many girlbands looking out for each other and starting up amazing collectives together. I wanted Female Fronted Drawn Together to be a little contribution to this movement, and a space through which I could thank each of these women and just share a little love.
Find Julie on Instagram