HAVVK storm their way on 2019 with the release of their compelling new single Birds On A Wire, which was released 1st February 2019 via Veta Records.
Opening with dark, brooding soundscapes akin to the likes of Daughter, front woman Julie Hawk’s distinctively haunting vocal is able to soar effortlessly. As the formidable chorus comes into play, HAVVK take no prisoners. Pulsating drum beats are combined with razor sharp guitar licks and Julie’s fierce lead vocal to create a sound that is undeniably thunderous. Birds On A Wire is about drifting apart from a loved one and how two people can end up holding each other back. Julie elaborates, “I don’t often write about relationships, but I went down a bit of a rabbit hole one day, thinking of my younger self and imagining how much I was willing to compromise rather than disrupt. I think it’s a kind of fear and selfishness that many of us have been guilty of and it’s a dangerous cycle to get in to. It’s about fixing yourself into a routine and familiarity until one day you wake up and the situation is hurtful and resentful and it feels like world is spinning on without you.”
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. In addition to their musical endeavours, Julie has also co-founded SelfMade – a platform to explore DIY music in Ireland through performance, discussion, and art, and last year 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.
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 also been praised by the likes of BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Tom Robinson and Chris Hawkins, as well BBC Radio London and Radio X. Their previous single Always the Same also featured on Spotify’s official Alternative Generation and Feelgood Indie playlists. Combining an abrasive edge with an exquisite finesse, activism is at the heart of all HAVVK create, with their music covering a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups.
Birds On A Wire – taken from HAVVK’s debut album, Cause & Effect, due for release later this year.