David Marchand (born David 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. Havok was born in Rochester, New York and is of Italian ancestry. At the age of three, his father died and when his mother, Penny, 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, Davey attended Catholic school in Ukiah until the eighth grade. He has a brother named Mike.
During high school, his friends Mark Stopholese and Vic Chalker wanted to start a band (which would later become AFI). Unfortunately, they had several problems; chief amongst them was their lack of a drummer. Mark suggested that his friend Adam Carson fill the position of drummer in the band. However, they didn’t know how to play any instruments, but they knew that Davey had a good voice and that Adam had a drum set.
Shortly after high school, the band broke up and Davey 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.
In a memorable reunion, 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 started getting more serious about his lyrics. He started singing about religion, humanity and other more serious issues.
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 one of Havok’s favorite bands, 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.
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 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. There was a brief American/Canadian tour following the release. Havok is currently in the process of writing songs for the next AFI album, an EP containing unreleased songs। Jade Puget has confirmed in his blog that they hope to have it released in early 2008.
- Background vocals on Tiger Army’s Tiger Army, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite, Tiger Army III: Ghost Tigers Rise under a different name and Music from Regions Beyond.
- The Transplants song “Quick Death” from their self-titled album.
- The Nerve Agents track “Jekyl and Hyde” from their second release, Days of the White Owl.
- Backing vocals for The Offspring albums Ixnay on the Hombre and Americana.
- The Dance Hall Crashers song “I Don’t Wanna Behave”, from the album Lockjaw.
- The Fury 66 track “Blue Strip”.
- The Heckle cover of The Misfits song “Astro-Zombies”.
- Havok also appears on Bleeding Through’s DVD, Wolves Among Sheep.
- Sang the Operation Ivy song “Knowledge” with Tim Armstrong and “Radio” with Rancid on the Give ‘Em the Boot DVD.
- Voice featured, along with other hardcore punk luminaries, in an answering machine recording on the All Bets Off album, “Girls About Songs”.
- Sang a cover of Straight Edge Revenge by Project X along side the hardcore punk band Ceremony on November 6th 2008 in Berkeley California. The Video is viewable on YouTube.
- Appeared as Satan in Tim Timebomb’s Rock and Roll Theater
- Has performed with Pop Shop singing pop covers. The videos are viewable on Pop Shop’s Youtube page.
Interviewer: AFI stands for A Fire Inside. What’s your favorite alternate definition?
Davey: On a couple of occasions, people have maintained that it stands for A Fire Within or, like, A Forgotten Song, where they’ll totally ignore the letters of the acronym. And it’s nice to hear the base, derogatory stuff directed at the band — like A Fag Inside. I enjoy those. But I really like Aw, F*** It.
Interviewer: Tell me something about your fake eyelashes.
Interviewer: Well..I mean…uh..ok.
Davey: Here, feel.
Interviewer: Oh..but..alright, seriously do you have a special person that applies those for you or do you do it by yourself?
Davey: I actually have a very special person, he’s very dear to my heart, it’s me. I spend most of my time with him, he’s very hard to deal with.
Kerrang: What’s the best way you’ve heard you died?
Davey: A heroin overdose, here in London. That was the most real one because that made it all the way back to the United States and caused our booking agent there to call our booking agent here to make sure I was okay. They often kill me of cancer, which I really don’t like. Then there was the one that Claudio from Coheed and Cambria tackled me and killed me.
Adam: What were you doing!?
Davey: Playing football I guess. And I died, which sucks.
Davey: Old ladies come up to me all the time telling me to find God. Look, all I want to find is some chai and a good vegan muffin.
Davey: If God exists, I’m so f*****.
RP: You have the only job in the world where people line up to hug you.
Davey: Well, me and the Pope.
RP: Are you crazy? You can’t hug the pope. He’s inside the bubble.
Davey: Are you sure you can’t hug the Pope? Hey, everyone, does anyone know if you’re allowed to hug the Pope?
Interviewer: Hey Jade, are the rest of the guys jealous that the entire ‘Girl’s Not Grey’video occurs in your crotch?
Jade: Hey Dave, are you jealous that ‘Girl’s Not Grey’ takes place in my crotch?
Davey: No, because I’m going to take place in your crotch.
Jade: You know, I never stopped to think that the majority of our video does indeed take place in my crotch. I must contemplate the significance of this.