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Getting To Know: Belle Haven

Belle Haven

Keen to more about your favourite up-and-coming bands? Sick of the same ol’ studio questions? From the albums they crank before they head out on stage to their must-have items when the tour van pulls into the service station, we quiz musicians about life on the road and how they came to love what they do. Up next: Melbourne post-hardcore hellions Belle Haven. Their latest single is “The Carving Knife” – a three-minute rollercoaster pillared on scathing riffs and clean, powerful vocal melodies. We caught up with vocalist David Vernon to learn a little more about the man behind the mania.


I first discovered music when…
I was probably about the age of four or five. My older brother and my father loved spinning Jeff Buckley’s record, Grace, and I knew that I loved it too.

I realised being in a band was the best way to waste time when…
I was spending all weekend playing music with my next door neighbour and another friend from school, instead of studying for exams.

My first band was…
Life Support. We stole the name from a show we watched once on SBS.

The first show I ever played was…
A high school assembly. As I walked up to grab the microphone, a kid screamed, “Get a haircut!” at me. I got off on the right foot, that’s for sure.

The worst job I’ve ever had is…
When I worked in private health insurance. I mean, a job is a job, but that job was soul-numbing.

My favourite band is…
Fall Out Boy, at the moment. It fluctuates an awful lot.

A band that should never have broken up are…
Underoath. But it’s okay, because they’re touring again.

One album I play before I hit the stage is…
Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco.

I love being on stage because…
In that moment, I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to connect with however many other people there are in the audience, and create memories with them.

My favourite tour memory is…
Walking on stage at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA, raising my fist as the lights began shining and seeing a sea of raised fists in front of me.

The worst thing about touring is…
When Chris gets a little bit too drunk and sits in the passenger seat whilst I’m driving.

My favourite servo/gas stop purchase is…
Hot chips if they have them, for sure.

On the road I can’t live without…
My toothbrush, my deodorant and my laptop.

My favourite place in the world is…
Melbourne, Australia. My home.

If I could, I would trade lives with…
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy.

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