Now Reading
HAVVK and Jess Kav of BARQ collaborate up on the MASI-supporting song ‘Always the Same’

HAVVK and Jess Kav of BARQ collaborate up on the MASI-supporting song ‘Always the Same’


HAVVK and Jess Kav of BARQ have teamed up on a new version of HAVVK’s ‘Always the Same’, with all proceeds going to MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).

The song is a gentler take on the original with Jess Kav’s vocals bearing the brunt of the emotion on lines like “Was it something I said / That that told you I would build a wall for breaking? / Like a line in the sand / You drag me over it again.”

A line from the song is ‘Can I Push Back?’ is used as merch (pins and postcards) for the track – “designed as a wearable form of activism – to reassess how we respond in the presence of injustice // to assert our power to call it out. Every one of us has an opportunity to recognise and react in the face of racism whether that’s by marching, raising funds or being willing to call out racist micro-aggressions and systematic inequality. This is not a phase.”

The artwork is of Jess Kav’s mother Liz Kavanagh. Jess also wrote a piece for the Irish Times Black Irish Lives special this past weekend about her mother.

See Also

Here’s the original version of the song:

Hey, before you go...

Nialler9 has been covering new music, new artists and gigs for the last 18 years. If you like the article you just read, and want us to publish more just like it, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

What you get as thanks in return...

  • A weekly Spotify playlist only for patrons.
  • Access to our private Nialler9 Discord community
  • Ad-free and bonus podcast episodes.
  • Guestlist & discounts to Nialler9 & Lumo Club events.
  • Themed playlists only for subscribers.
  • Your support enables us to continue to publish articles like this one, make podcasts and provide recommendations and news to our readers.
Become a patron at Patreon!