I am the singer, bassist, rhythm guitarist, occasional drummist and general messingaroundist in Glasgow band HAVR. We were previously called DMGM.
We make poppy rock music and rocky pop music, and our debut album Good Times, High Times and Hard Times was the first bit of music I’d released since the demise of my previous band, Kasino, in 2004.
Since then we put tons of stuff on Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube in a fairly chaotic fashion: I forgot about YouTube for one lot of songs for the best part of two years.
Some musicians are really driven and fanatical self-promoters. We are not those musicians. We’re currently working on about tons of material, most of it nearly finished. Some of it has been nearly finished for some years.
Kasino played all kinds of gigs in and around Scotland (and occasionally beyond) from the late 1990s until late 2004. We did a lot of fun things: supported bands including Mansun (at Glasgow Barrowland, fulfilling a childhood ambition), Miles Hunt, Biffy Clyro, Cosmic Rough Riders and Dave Sharp from The Alarm, played the T-break stage at T in the Park and appeared on countless radio programmes and the odd TV show. I always vowed that I’d stop if it ever stopped being fun, and by 2004 being in Kasino had stopped being fun.
I know I’m usually self-deprecating to the point where I’ll claim everything I’ve ever done is rubbish, but I’m really proud of the new songs: David (my brother and the other half of HΛVR) and I have worked really hard on them and put our hearts and souls into the music, and I’d be very grateful to anyone who can help get the music to more people. If you like what you hear I’d appreciate it if you could share the songs with others.
Incidentally, if you know of anybody who’s looking for instrumental music for a video they’re doing, a podcast they’re making, a radio show or whatever, I’m quite happy to get instrumental versions of the songs to you – drop me an email from the contact page. And I’d love to hear from anyone with visual ideas to go with the songs, because our video budget is exactly zero.