Davey Havok

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Davey Havok
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Havok at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
Background information
Birth name David Paden Passaro
Born (1975-11-20) November 20, 1975 (age 40)
Rochester, New York, US
Origin Ukiah, California, US
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, electronica, horror punk, hardcore punk, post-hardcore, mathcore, metalcore
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, fashion designer writer
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts AFI
Son of Sam
Blaqk Audio



David Paden Marchand[1][2] (born November 20, 1975), best known by his stage name Davey Havok, is the lead vocalist of the American rock band AFI, the electronic music band Blaqk Audio, and hardcore band XTRMST.

Havok is an outspoken advocate of the straight edge lifestyle and veganism.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Havok was born as David Paden Passaro, in Rochester, New York, and is of Italian ancestry.[5] At the age of five, his father died, and when his mother later remarried, he took on the surname of his stepfather, Marchand.[6][7] When Havok was five years old, he and his family moved from Rochester to Ukiah, California. There, Havok attended Catholic school until the eighth grade.[8] He graduated from Ukiah High School in 1993.[9][10]

Musical career[edit]


Start of AFI[edit]

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 or play any instruments. Stopholese suggested that his friend Adam Carson join the band as a drummer, because he knew Carson owned a drum set.[11] That band became AFI.

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.

After gaining some popularity in their absence, AFI played a reunion show 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.

The next release was the A Fire Inside EP. It featured covers of The Cure's "The Hanging Garden", 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.

In 2000, they released The Art of Drowning to fair record sales. 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.[12]

Havok at the Mélange Fashion Show in 2011

Following Davey's work with Son of Sam, AFI continued to tour for a few years and released a few EPs along the way.

AFI on a major label[edit]

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.

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 a CD-version in November 2007. DecemberUnderground achieved Double Platinum status in 2013, having sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide. AFI's eighth studio album Crash Love was released on September 29, 2009. AFI's ninth studio album, Burials, was released on October 22, 2013.

Blaqk Audio[edit]

On August 14, 2007, Havok's 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. Blaqk Audio's second album, Bright Black Heaven was released in September 2012, and a brief American tour followed.

Acting, modeling and first novel[edit]

Havok and Jeffree Star modeled for Tarina Tarantino's jewelry line, Tokyo Hardcore in 2007.[13]

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.[14]

For March 2011, Havok joined the cast of Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, playing the role of St. Jimmy.[15]

Havok is featured in at least one episode of Tim Armstrong's musical web series "Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theatre".[16]

Havok was a presenter at the Mélange Fashion Show on August 6, 2011 in San Francisco.[17] He was featured in the June 2012 issue of VAR Magazine [18] and in Herring & Herring: Framed in 2014.[19] He was again voted the winner of peta2's Sexiest Vegetarian Celeb contest in 2012.[20]

He had a small acting role in the 2012 film Knife Fight, which co-starred Eric McCormack, Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Julie Bowen.

On February 21, 2013, Havok announced that he had written his first book, Pop Kids, and published it through Black Candy Publishing. The novel was released April 2013.[21]


Havok was voted the winner of peta2's annual World's Sexiest Vegetarian contest in 2007.[22][23]

Havok appeared on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness magazine for their March/April 2015 issue.[24]

Clothing lines[edit]

Glitterboy was a short-lived fashion line created by Havok. It was partly inspired by the 70s glam music scene, among other things.[25] Clothing line Paden was released in 2007 and was available exclusively through Fred Segal clothing stores in California.[26]

His most recent clothing line Zu Boutique was launched in August 2008. The line is vegan[3] and features T-shirts with a limited pressing of 100 shirts per design.[27] 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 is also limited, with only 10 to 90 pieces of each design made.[28] In August 2009, Zu Boutique and Macbeth Footwear collaborated in creating a style of limited edition shoes.[29]


Davey Havok performing live in 2009

With AFI[edit]

Main article: AFI discography

With Son of Sam[edit]

With Blaqk Audio[edit]

With XTRMST[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

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

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore George
2003 Clandestine himself
2006 Live Freaky! Die Freaky! Hay Voice acting
2009 Godkiller: Walk Among Us Dragos Voice acting
New Brow: The Rise of Underground Art himself
2011 American Idiot musical St. Jimmy
Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater Devil
2012 Knife Fight Jimmy McSorley
2015 Talking Marriage with Ryan Bailey Himself Special Guest


  1. ^ "BMI Repertoire Search". Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Interview with Adam Carson". 3:50. Retrieved 2010-05-23. People don't know my middle name? /--/ Dave's is Paden. 
  3. ^ a b Patricia Trostle. "Davey Havok's DIY Vegan Testimonial". peta2. 
  4. ^ Nick Moncrieff-Hill (Feb 2, 2010). "Body on the line". Southern Courier. p. 30. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, James (Mar 9, 2003). "East Bay band ready for big breakthrough". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Metal Hammer interview, February 2003
  7. ^ AFI's Davey Havok - Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? ~1:30. Loudwire
  8. ^ Chattman, Jon (Sep 29, 2009). "AFI's Davey Havok Weighs In on Rock Band, Surviving Catholic School, and Crash Love". The Huffington Post. 
  9. ^ "Davey Havok, Class of 1993". Classmates.com. 
  10. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. p. 1967. ISBN 9780857125958. OCLC 804879997. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ An Extended Interview With AFI's Davey Havok. Rolling Stone. Austin Scaggs. Jun 01, 2006
  12. ^ "Malfunction TV Show": Davey Havok Interview
  13. ^ "Tokyo Hardcore Starring Davey Havok and Jeffree Star". LA Weekly. Sep 12, 2007. 
  14. ^ Gingold, Michael (Feb 25, 2009). "Genre Names Speaking Up For Godkiller". Fangoria. 
  15. ^ "Davey Havok, Justin Guarini Join American Idiot". CBS News. Feb 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Rancid's Tim Armstrong Launches musical theater web series]". Rolling Stone. Oct 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Global looks at Melange Fashion Show. San Francisco Chronicle.
  18. ^ Davey Havok by Louie Aguila. VAR Magazine. 2012
  19. ^ [1]. Herring & Herring: Framed feat. Davey Havok." 2014
  20. ^ 2012 Sexiest Vegetarian Celeb Winners. peta2.
  21. ^ AFI Singer Davey Havok to Release Debut Novel "Pop Kids" Loudwire
  22. ^ Patricia Trostle. "Havok and Bell: World's Sexiest Vegetarians for 2007!". peta2. 
  23. ^ "AFI mainman voted '07's sexiest vegetarian". Kerrang!. Jul 13, 2007. 
  24. ^ "Davey Havok: Your Fav Sexy/Fit Celeb". 
  25. ^ "Glitterboy - blog on Myspace". Glitterboy. 
  26. ^ ""Triple X" Tee From the Paden Collection". Popcrunch. Nov 29, 2007. 
  27. ^ Zu Boutique
  28. ^ Pnut Jewelery
  29. ^ "Davey Havok's Macbeth X Zu Boutique Shoes". peta2. 

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