Louder than War are pleased to present the premiere of the video for HAVVK’s latest single Always the Same.

Sorry not sorry but this song has been in my head all day and now it’s going to be in yours too.

HAVVK (previously known as HAWK) have served up a ridiculously moreish grunge rock-pop ballad: driving drum beat, staccato distorted guitar, and singer Julie Hawk’s powerful, but gently lilting voice, and a political theme. An updated and improved The Cranberries.

The topic of the song is female objectification, and asks men to imagine what it’s like to walk down the same street in someone else’s shoes, and imagine what it’s like to always feel in danger just because of their gender. Julie Hawk elaborates:

“It’s only in recent years that it’s occurred to me how many of my daily decisions are made with this unconscious effort of weighing up safety and I’ve started to imagine what daily life would be like without a constant sense of caution ready to bubble to the surface”.

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 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.

Always The Same –  taken from HAVVK’s debut album, due in 2019 – is out now via Veta Records. Catch HAVVK live in London this Thursday 6 December at Servant Jazz Quarters – details here.

Watch the video here:

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Cassie Fox is the founder of LOUD WOMEN, a collective championing women in music through regular gigs around the world, an annual festival in London, a monthly ezine, and record releases. Cassie plays keyboard in Thee Faction, and bass in I, Doris.


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