HAVVK (pronounced Hawk) are an alternative rock band based in Dublin. Fronted by Julie Hawkʼs dynamic, soaring vocal, HAVVKʼs music steers the listener from moments of immersive shoegaze to thrashing punk rock. Their live show is equal parts confrontation and celebration, tackling topics such as bodily autonomy, gender expression, and mental health, all nestled in a bedrock of layered, distorted guitars. With early singles like ʻOnce Toldʼ confronting Irelandʼs pre-Repeal abortion laws, itʼs clear that HAVVK are an act who are unafraid to combine hard-hitting hooks with an equally hard-hitting message – “a raucous dip into empowerment” (The Line of Best Fit).
In 2021, HAVVK emerged from lockdown with their sophomore album 'Levelling' which they released on their own label, VETA Music, launching to a sold-out show at Dublinʼs Workmanʼs Club. The record perfectly juxtaposes the bandʼs ability to explore light and dark, combining undeniable hooks and jagged distortion with crystalline soundscapes and lush melodies. HAVVK have been championed by tastemakers like The Line of Best Fit, CLASH, DIY and many more, with notable placements on Spotify
Editorial playlists such as New Music Friday Germany and Alternative Generation. Since they formed, the band have received national and international airplay from KEXP, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and 2FM to name a few.
Renowned for their commanding stage presence, HAVVK have toured extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and Germany, including sold-out shows in Dublin, London and Berlin, and support slots with the likes of And So I Watch You From Afar and The Drums. The band have also made festival appearances at Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope, Head for the Hills, The Great Escape and Liverpool Soundcity, as well as a TV performance on Other Voices (IMRO Stage).
The evolution of HAVVKʼs sound perfectly captures their eclectic influences, which they blend to lull the listener into an intricate web of reverie, akin to Cocteau Twins and MVP, before being slingshot into moments of bombastic indie-rock, similar to Sleater Kinney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and My Vitriol. Their records and live prowess speak of an unforgettable act who are constantly pushing and merging genre boundaries to unpack the world around them.
“a raucous dip into empowerment” – The Line of Best Fit
"dreamlike, elegant waves of heavy percussion and intertwining riffs." – DIY
“a tumultuous slice of indie rock” – Nialler9
"emotional, rebellious" – Stereogum
“one of my favourite tracks of the year” – Dan Hegarty, 2FM