Irish alt-rock trio Havvk share the video for their latest single ‘Expiry’ today.
The clip, shot by directed by Georgia Kelly and shot by Tim Shearwood “pokes fun at the arbitrary expectations placed on us as we grow older.”
It features a man frog (Ken Donnelly) who was lost his lust for life, until he finds his animal tribe and is reinvigorated.
The animal heads were made by costume and set designer Saoirse O’Shea who, as Hawk says, “has an incredible knack for imagining characters that are full of personality and inner-life (those animals definitely have some dark secrets).”
‘Expiry’ is all about pointing out the ridiculousness of the expectations we place on getting older, and the boxes we feel we should fit into by certain milestones. For the video, we wanted something that would poke fun at that. We took a cute, childlike character – our wonderful frog (Ken Donnelly) – who has lost his zest for the craic, until he finds his people and rediscovers his inner animal.
It was directed by Georgia Kelly and shot by Tim Shearwood, both of whom we’ve worked with before, so it was really nice to step back and see them put their minds together. The animal heads were made by costume and set designer – and our new best friend – Saoirse O’Shea, who has an incredible knack for imagining characters that are full of personality and inner-life (those animals definitely have some dark secrets).
The best part of the shoot was getting all the animal characters to do their own solo dances for the end of the video. Everyone committed to bit – the donkey is definitely looking to score, the goat is your drunk uncle. We did not give them this direction, it was just the power of a good costume, and maybe not getting quite enough oxygen under those masks.”Julie Havvk.
Directed by Georgia Kelly
Shot by Tim Shearwood
Written by Julie Hough
Set design + costumes by Saoirse O’Shea
Sound engineering by Stephen Tiernan
Frog: Ken Donnelly
Donkey: Tara Mollan
Chicken: Julie Hough and Saoirse O’Shea
Goat: Mark Conroy
HAVVK’s previous single was ‘Daylight Robbery’