Hovvdy

  • Hovvdy

    Charlie Martin and Will Taylor met at a baseball game while on tour drumming for different bands. Back home in Austin, the two Texas natives discovered both held batches of compatible songs, intended for solo projects. They merged as Hovvdy instead.

    Penned separately, the duo's first-ever songwriting efforts coalesce seamlessly on debut LP Taster . To this day, Charlie and Will create like satellites on the same orbit, combining bedroom recordings into a singular worn-in sound. Their downtempo rock found an audience in the Austin and New Orleans scenes, elevated by support from small indie Sports Day Records.

    Brooklyn label Double Double Whammy re-released Taster in 2017, followed by Cranberry in 2018. The sophomore work solidified the group's sturdy guitar strums and rhythmic instincts, enveloped in nostalgic glow. Third LP Heavy Lifter finds new dimensions in the Hovvdy soundscape.

    For Heavy Lifter, the duo worked with producer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Ben Littlejohn. Throughout fall 2018, the team built out the album in makeshift home studios around Texas. Both singers' voices cut through more decisively than ever, carried by vivid storytelling and production eccentricities.

    Familiar fuzz maintains the warmth of past work, but Heavy Lifter is never muffled. Clear-cut characters and scenes emerge in the 13 tracks. Antsy love song "1999" wanders around a small town, while bright pop piece "Mr. Lee" retells a lonely day in reverent detail. Lo-fi Daniel Johnston moment "TellmeI'masinger" empathetically enters an artistic perspective, unwound lyrically as: "Tell me I'm a singer."

    Memories inform present decision-making throughout the album. Two tracks dive into family legacies, "Pixie" admitting "outside my mind/ is where i'm gonna be/ not what i had hoped at 14." "Sudbury" recounts childhood major league dreams: "front yard catch, you got a plan/ to be a baseball star/ texas ranger shortstop."

    Breaking from the confines of guitar-based slowcore, pop and hip-hop influences expand Hovvdy's established framework. Propulsive, straightforward hooks usher in autotuned tweaks, chugging beats and genre exploration. By pulling apart slightly, Charlie and Will step into new spaces on Heavy Lifter . Always in sync, it's a balanced effort.


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    Hovvdy Release María Medem Animated Video for Mr. Lee

    Hovvdy released an official music video for their Heavy Lifter highlight "Mr. Lee." The video was animated by artist María Medem. It's a vivid and imaginative explosion of color — check out the full video here.

    Hovvdy begin the west coast leg of their tour on Thursday, November 14th. Check the dates below:


    November 14 – San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~
    November 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~
    November 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~
    November 18 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~
    November 19 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret ^ ~
    November 21 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~
    November 23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~
    November 24 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

    ^ w/ Caroline Says
    ~ w/ Nick Dorian

    Hovvdy's Heavy Lifter is out today

    Hovvdy's third full-length record Heavy Lifter is available everywhere today! The latest from Texas duo Charlie Martin and Will Taylor, Heavy Lifter is a perfect sonic companion to the changing season.

    "Heavy Lifter is lovingly wrinkled with the sleepy, lethargic harmonies that Hovvdy are known for, while the band tiptoe around their DIY approach by wrapping it in another dimension of magnetic warmth. Hovvdy's balanced expressions between residual nostalgia and murmuring secrecy are worn in beautifully on Heavy Lifter." - Exclaim!




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    TOUR DATES

    10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^
    10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +
    10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #
    10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #
    10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #
    10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #
    10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #
    10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #
    11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #
    11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #
    11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #
    11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~
    11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~
    11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~
    11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~
    11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret ^ ~
    11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~
    11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~
    11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

    ^ w/ Caroline Says
    + w/ Christelle Bofale
    # w/ Kevin Krauter
    ~ w/ Nick Dorian

    Listen to Hovvdy's Final Single from Heavy Lifter "Mr. Lee"


    Hovvdy have released the fourth and final single from Heavy Lifter — "Mr. Lee." It's a charming sonic turn for Hovvdy, carried along by piano. Heavy Lifter is out October 18th!

    Of the song, Hovvdy's Charlie Martin says "I imagined Mr. Lee on the Mississippi gulf coast where my dad and grandparents live. It's a beautiful and sad place. The song is about how significant very small things can be. Sometimes it takes courage to be kind to yourself. It's really amazing when little events coalesce and all the sudden you feel better, awake, a vibrant piece of the bigger picture."



    Tour Dates

    10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^
    10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +
    10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #
    10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #
    10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #
    10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #
    10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #
    10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #
    11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #
    11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #
    11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #
    11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~
    11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~
    11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~
    11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~
    11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret ^ ~
    11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~
    11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~
    11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

    ^ w/ Caroline Says
    + w/ Christelle Bofale
    # w/ Kevin Krauter
    ~ w/ Nick Dorian


    Hovvdy share latest single "So Brite"

    Hovvdy shares "So Brite," a pensive, yet shimmering reflection on impermanence. "So Brite" is the latest track to be released in anticipation of their latest record, Heavy Lifter, out October 18th. Be sure to check out previously released singles from Heavy Lifter, "Ruin (my ride)" and "Cathedral" and catch Hovvdy as they tour across the states this fall!

    "It’s drooping and warm, its central refrain — “What if I start to lose my mind? What if I start to lose my shine?” — a repetition worth parsing." - Stereogum



    Listen on:
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    UPCOMING TOUR DATES

    10/18 - Austin, TX @ Barracuda ^

    10/19 - Dallas, TX @ Ruins +

    10/23 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^ #

    10/25 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle (Back Room) ^ #

    10/26 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church ^ #

    10/27 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott ^ #

    10/29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade ^ #

    10/30 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd ^ #

    10/31 - Richmond, VA @ The Camel ^ #

    11/1 - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^ #

    11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^ #

    11/3 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe ^ #

    11/14 - San Diego, CA @ SPACE ^ ~

    11/15 - Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge ^ ~

    11/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord ^ ~

    11/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^ ~

    11/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Ballroom ^ ~

    11/21 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^ ~

    11/23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court ^ ~

    11/24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge ^ ~

    ^ w/ Caroline Says

    + w/ Christelle Bofale

    # w/ Kevin Krauter

    ~ w/ Nick Dorian

    Hovvdy releases latest single "Ruin (my ride)" + video

    Today Hovvdy share the second single, "Ruin (my ride)" from their forthcoming LP, Heavy Lifter, due October 18th. The accompanying video aims to celebrate community, capturing a backyard party turned square dance, with a hazy, nostalgic lens.

    "The band chants “I don’t wanna see you give up”, backed by a minimal beat and warbled acoustics. The song’s video takes place at a very fun looking backyard dance party, emphasizing the song’s desire for community." - STEREOGUM



    Listen on:
    Spotify
    Apple Music
    Bandcamp


    Pre-order Heavy Lifter



    Heavy Lifter is out October 18th!

    Hovvdy Return with Third Album Heavy Lifter


    Hovvdy have released lead single "Cathedral" ahead of their new album Heavy Lifter, out October 18th. Watch the lyric video for "Cathedral" below:




    "First it’s dominated by cyclical, strummed guitars reminiscent of Elliott Smith, and then it transforms into a sleepy anthem for late-summer nostalgia."
    —The FADER


    "'Built around melancholic guitars and self-conscious vocals, “Cathedral” is a lilting groove that feels like having a series of existential realizations in the middle of a field."
    —Paste Magazine


    Listen on:
    Spotify
    Apple Music
    Bandcamp


    Order Heavy Lifter