“HAVVK's ability to write provoking music is endlessly exciting." - Earmilk
“…a raucous dip into empowerment…”- The Line of Best Fit
“…stunning…” - Noisey
Grunge trio HAVVK return with their most powerful release to date. 52 is out on 27th September via Veta Records.
52 is about the extreme political dynamics in the run up to the Brexit vote in 2017. Never afraid to push boundaries, The euphonic activists’ latest cut once again showcases their ability to make their voice heard above the noise. 52 brings HAVVK back to their shoegaze roots; combining shimmering riffs with compelling rhythms to create a sound akin to the likes of Slowdive and Cocteau Twins. Front woman Julie Hawk’s distinctively impassioned vocal soars majestically over the ethereal alt-rock soundscapes before packing a punch as the chorus sets in, mirroring her anger for the situation at hand.
Talking about the track, Julie elaborates, “we lived in London at the time of the vote and I don’t think any of us will forget the day the result came out. It felt like the campaign was designed to leverage a divide between people. At times, it felt like every spokesperson for or against Brexit was willing to put a short-term win ahead of opening a genuine conversation about people’s safety and futures. It drove a chasm between people which only seems to getting wider, with a rise in racism and hate-crime, and the constant outpour of hateful language in online media.”
HAVVK originally formed in London in 2015, and have since split their time between London, Dublin and Berlin. They have collaborated with Belfast based producer Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Touts, Brand New Friend) for the last two years to help develop their unique sound. Julie has also cofounded SelfMade - a platform to explore DIY music in Ireland through performance, discussion, and art, HAVVK have previously received support from Noisey, The 405, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY, Clash, and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. They have been praised by the likes of BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins, as well BBC Radio London and Radio X, as well as being featured on Spotify’s official Alternative Generation, Feelgood Indie, Fresh Finds: Six Strings and The Alternative Éire playlists.
52 is out on 27th September via Veta Records, followed by HAVVK’s debut album, Cause & Effect, due for release on 22nd November 2019.