Davey Havok

Davey Havok
Davey Havok

Davey Havok performing live in 2009.
Background information
Birth name David Paden Passaro
Born November 20, 1975 (1975-11-20) (age 36)
in Rochester, New York, USA
Origin Ukiah, California, USA
Genres Alternative rock, hardcore punk, deathrock, synthpop, darkwave, EBM
Occupations Singer, actor, fashion designer
Instruments vocals
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts AFI
Son of Sam
Blaqk Audio

David Paden Marchand[1][2] (born David Paden Passaro, on November 20, 1975, in Rochester, New York), more commonly known by the stage name Davey Havok, is the lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI and the electronic music band Blaqk Audio.

Havok is an outspoken advocate of the straight edge lifestyle and veganism.



Havok was born in Rochester, New York, and is of Italian ancestry. At the age of three, his father died and when his mother later remarried he took on the surname of his stepfather, Marchand. When Havok was six years old, he and his family moved from Rochester to Ukiah, California. There, Havok attended Catholic school until the eighth grade.

In high school one day, he and his friends Mark Stopholese and Vic Chalker decided to start a band, even though they did not own nor could play any instruments. Stopholese suggested that his friend Adam Carson join the band as a drummer, because he knew Carson owned a drum set.[3]

Shortly after high school, the band broke up and Havok moved to Berkeley, California, where he attended UC Berkeley, planning to double major in English and Psychology. He began constantly writing lyrics to songs that would eventually appear on the albums Answer That and Stay Fashionable and Very Proud of Ya.

The band played at the Phoenix Theater for several hundred fans. Following the good reception from the fans, they decided to reunite and record an album. In 1995, the band's first album Answer That and Stay Fashionable was released on Wingnut Records and in 1996, their second album Very Proud of Ya was released on Nitro Records. In 1997, the band released their third full length album, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes, in which Davey's lyrics are more serious, being about religion and other social points.

The next release was the A Fire Inside EP. It featured covers of The Cure's "The Hanging Garden", in which Davey got to flaunt Robert Smith influences, and "Demonomania" by The Misfits. In 1999, the band released Black Sails in the Sunset, which was the first album to include the current line-up: Havok, Carson, Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget. In the fall of 1999, they released the All Hallows EP, which has gathered a cult following among the fanbase, and is perhaps their most popular EP.

In 2000, they released The Art of Drowning to fair record sales, and great acclaim by fans of the band. The group had toured with another band, Samhain, on their reunion tour. Havok later joined three Samhain musicians, Steve Zing, London May and Todd Youth, and recorded an album in the vein of Samhain under the name Son of Sam, entitled Songs from the Earth. In 2000 when Michale Graves had left the Misfits, Havok was approached by Roadrunner Records to be the new lead singer of Misfits. However, Havok told an interviewer that he'd never leave AFI as it was his own band.[4]

Following Davey's work with Son of Sam, AFI continued to tour for a few years and released a few EPs along the way. In 2003, the band's first major label release, Sing the Sorrow, was released, attaining great record sales.

On June 6, 2006, Decemberunderground was released on Interscope Records. Havok, along with AFI, toured around the world, each tour named after a song from the album. Along with this concert series, AFI's first DVD, I Heard a Voice – Live from Long Beach Arena was released on December 12, 2006, containing the live concert from Long Beach Arena from September 15, 2006. This DVD was released as in CD version in November 2007.

On August 14, 2007, Havok's new electronic side project with AFI guitarist Jade Puget, Blaqk Audio, released their first album, entitled CexCells. Blaqk Audio went on a two month long American/Canadian tour following the release.

AFI's eighth studio album Crash Love was released on September 29, 2009.

Clothing lines


Glitterboy Clothing was a short-lived fashion line created by Havok. It was partly inspired by the 70s glam music scene, among other things. The line was canceled due to creative differences between Havok and Serious.


Paden was released in 2007 and was available exclusively through Fred Segal clothing stores in California.

Tokyo Hardcore

On September 3, 2007, Jeffree Star posted a bulletin on MySpace, stating that he and Havok had modeled for the whole of Tarina Tarantino's brand new jewellery line, Tokyo Hardcore.[5] The catalogue was released in September 2007 and a teaser video was posted on Buzznet along with a journal by Tarantino.[6]

Zu Boutique

Launched in August 2008, Havok's newest clothing line features high-quality t-shirts with a limited pressing of 100 shirts per design.[7] The line "pays homage to pop culture, forward thinking, and hedonism." A jewelry line was released in March 2009. The jewelry line is a collaboration between Zu Boutique and PNUT Jewelry run by Rusty Pistachio of punk band H2O fame. The jewelry will also be limited, with only 10 to 90 pieces of each design made.[8]

In August 2009, Davey Havok designed a new shoe with Macbeth Footwear for the Zu Boutique clothing line.


In 2009, Havok joined sci-fi movie legend Lance Henriksen and horror movie icons Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris in the cast of the "illustrated film" series Godkiller. Havok voices the antagonist role, a fallen god named Dragos.[9] Havok previously voiced the role of Hay in the stop-motion animated film Live Freaky Die Freaky. He also played a small part in a 1997 indie film Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore.

Havok joined the cast of Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, playing the role of St. Jimmy.[10]

Havok will be appearing in the movie Knife Fight playing the role of a character named Jimmy. The film is due for release in 2012.[11]

Havok will also be featured in at least one episode of Tim Armstrong's web series "Tim Timebomb's Rock 'n' Roll Theatre". [12]


With AFI

With Son of Sam

With Blaqk Audio

  • CexCells (2007)
  • Bright Black Heaven (2011)

Guest appearances

Havok has appeared as a guest vocalist on releases from various other bands, including:


External links

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