Single of the Week: Grunge-fuelled indie band HAVVK release Home

Political, dynamic, and loaded with hooks, HAVVK are a three-piece alternative rock band from Ireland and the UK.


Since their debut release in 2016, HAVVK have continued to produce a relentlessly dynamic, haunting sound that steers and surprises the listener from moments of immersive shoe-gaze to thrashing punk rock.

Political, dynamic, and loaded with hooks, HAVVK are a three-piece alternative rock band from Ireland and the UK.

Over two EPs, ‘HAVVK’ (2016) and ‘She Knows’ (2017), and with the launch of their debut album, ‘Cause & Effect’ in November 2019, HAVVK have constantly proved that they are unafraid to combine hard-hitting music with an equally hard-hitting message. With pulsating singles like ‘Always the Same’, ‘Birds on a Wire’ and ‘Shifting Shape’, HAVVK tackle topics such as bodily autonomy, gender expression, mental health and equality, with ferocious power, infectious hooks and an ethereal thread that runs throughout their records.

Julie Hawk (vocals, bass) and Matt Harris (guitar, vocals) originally met in London and began working together on Julie’s solo project. They launched HAVVK in 2016 and soon created a second home for the project in Berlin, having landed on a sound with unignorable atmosphere, punch, and political edge. Their first two records were produced by Dimitri Tikovoï (Placebo, The Horrors) and mixed by Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice). Throughout 2018, HAVVK took a break from the stage to work with producer Rocky O’ Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Touts, Queen Zee) at Start Together Studios, Belfast, to create their debut album.

So far, HAVVK have toured extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and Germany, including their “Drawn Together” project – a 12 date UK tour which saw them team up with over 50 female and non-binary artists in May 2019 to promote equality in music. The band supported And So I Watch You From Afar and The Drums at The Lido (Berlin), as well as appearing on stages at Other Voices, The Great Escape, Liverpool Soundcity, and Hard Working Class Heroes.

It is our single of the week here at Finbar Hoban Presents and you can check out their track ‘Home’ below now

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