For Fans Of: LoveHateHero / My Chemical Romance / Aiden
So if the MySpace scene was your jam and you worshipped at a shrine of My Chemical Romance or Taking Back Sunday, then you’re probably going to want to dive wholeheartedly into Havelocke. Having just announced their EP, Arsonist, for release in April, the band have released two singles that forecast a dynamic offering with just the right amount of theatre. Before then, we chat to the band about Davey Havok, working with Neil Kennedy and more.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Header Image: Marcia Richards
Hi, we’re Havelocke from Sheffield. If we don’t get you screaming along to some fat harmonies, we haven’t done our job right. Our music is pretty sad, but we have a posi outlook on life and we’re always up for a good time. Want to join us at the MCR show after the pandemic ends?
Do you remember your first music-related goosebumps moment? Can you share it with us?
Hope: I remember hearing No Doubt on the radio when I was a small child and absolutely living for the last chorus of Don’t Speak. Just something about the way Gwenny Gwen Gwen changes up the vocals really stuck with me.
Owen: I’m not sure it was the first but watching the Green Day: Bullet in a Bible DVD always made me feel some kind of way. I think I must have watched that thing every day for near on a year.
If you could pick one artist as an honorary band member, who would it be?
Davey Havok (on the vocals, obvs). Although, I’m not sure Owen would be able to stop himself from swooning.
You recently released ‘Vampire Eyes’. Who did you record with and what was it like in the studio?
We recorded ‘Vampire Eyes’ with Neil Kennedy down at The Ranch Production House in Southampton. We’d had our eye on recording there ever since the first Creeper EP, so we were absolutely bouncing off the walls to be there. Working with Neil was such an amazing experience – he’s really got his way of adding his touch to everything, and he had such a solid grasp on what both we and he envisioned for the whole thing.
What’s the coolest thing a fan’s ever done for you?
Before Covid hit, we’d regularly visit the world food store near our practice room and try new and interesting (vegan) things over on our insta story. We managed to get some of the regular viewers trying one of our favourite items (called a Vegetarian Diet the Steak on the packaging). They even sent videos of them trying it, which was really cool. Like a whole bonding experience over our love of trying new food!
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world)… is a hotdog a sandwich?
Our four answers to this question were: “no”, “no”, “no”, and “I don’t have an opinion on it, but I don’t care, I’m eating it anyway”
“Shudder and Faceless are packed with dramatic hooks, the latter perfectly encapsulating Havelocke’s appeal.”
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