Introducing: Havoc51 is a rock band based in the North West
Bio in their own words: From Warrington, England, Havoc51are: Steve Nixon – guitars and lead vocals, Antony Nixon – bass and backing vocals, and drummer Paul Smith.
As a kid guitarist and singer, Steve Nixon had neighbours who had just got one of those record players that came in a suitcase and some 45’s. As soon as he heard the rawness of the tracks from Quo, Purple, Sabbath, and Zeppelin, the young musician knew that’s what he wanted to do. “I was spoiled with genius everywhere and burned through turntables learning it,” he says.
Drummer Paul Smith’s route was a little different. He grew up listening to anything from Adam and the Ants to The Who and Zeppelin. Always wanting to try drums he studied local bands as well as his heroes at the big festivals in the eighties and nineties. Paul then got his first chance at the age of eighteen buying his first drum kit, joined his first band and was gigging at nineteen and has built up a fantastic reputation since then.
Bassist Antony Nixon comes from a very musical family, so it was inevitable that he would play an instrument. Going from piano to guitar but never settled. On hearing ‘Hysteria’ by Muse he was hooked on bass and knew that was where his passion lies.
Havoc51 came to fruition three years ago with Antony and Steve along with a different drummer who was the son of a friend. They did small shows throughout the UK but never really pushed things. The turning point was when the band entered the ‘Hard Rock Live’ competition and came second by one point in three hundred. That gave the lads the belief and confidence that the way they play and the strength of their songwriting were good enough for the bigger stage and they then decided to push this as far as possible. “Sadly, that meant losing our original drummer and Paul has stepped in perfectly and we’re sounding fuller and tighter than ever,” says Nixon.
Watch Havoc51’s video for Bourbon Ramblings below