Hacktivist have revealed their latest single ‘Taken’, an emotive track with a huge chorus courtesy of special guest Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari.
Both bands bonded over their mutual love of defying genre boundaries whilst touring together in 2014/15, and this inevitable collaboration is as natural as it is exciting and inspiring.
‘Taken’ was championed as Dan Carter’s ‘Rockest Record’ last night on the Radio One Rock Show and is the third single to be taken from Hacktivist’s highly-anticipated debut album Outside The Box, which is set for release worldwide on March 04 via UNFD (UNFD/Rise Records in the USA).
Of ‘Taken’, co-vocalist Ben Marvin says: “This is about losing someone close to you, so it was a very emotional time writing and recording the song because we’ve all lost friends and family over the last few years. It’s about remembering what’s important in life, being there for others in times of need and holding moments in your life close to your heart.”
The quintet are currently out on tour playing intimate club shows in the UK before they head to Europe to coincide with the release of Outside The Box.
MAR 1 – BIRMINGHAM, UK – THE RAINBOW
MAR 2 – LIVERPOOL, UK – ARTS CLUB
MAR 5 – HAARLEM, NL – COMPLEXITY FESTIVAL
MAR 7 – WARSAW, PO – HYDROZAGADKA
MAR 8 – WROCLAW, PO – FIRLEJ
MAR 9 – BUDAPEST, HU – A38
MAR 11 – TURIN, IT – BARRIO
MAR 12 – MILAN, IT – CIRCOLO SVOLTA
MAR 13 – FLORENCE, IT – CYCLE CLUB
MAR 14 – VIENNA, AT – ARENA SMALL ROOM
MAR 15 – MUNICH, DE – BACKSTAGE CLUB
MAR 16 – BERLIN, DE – MUSIK & FRIEDEN
MAR 18 – HAMBURG, DE – ROCK CAFÉ ST. PAULI
MAR 19 – KOLN, DE – LUXOR
MAR 21 – PARIS, FR – BACKSTAGE
MAR 22 – NANTES, FR – SCENE MICHELET
MAR 23 – LYON, FR – WARM AUDIO
The band will return to the road with Issues in May. The line-up will be completed by Astroid Boys.
MAY 24 – CARDIFF – Y PLAS
MAY 25 – LONDON – KOKO
MAY 26 – MANCHESTER – RITZ
MAY 27 – GLASGOW – GARAGE
JUN 1 – ANTWERP – TRIX
JUN 2 – AMSTERDAM – MELKWEG
With festival season just around the corner, Hacktivist will also make appearances at Slam Dunk Festival and Hevy Fest.
Hacktivist have been fighting their way from Milton Keynes to the mainstage since 2011 and now it’s time for the world to listen up. Outside The Box is a 12 track barrage of low-tuned riffs, street-smart rhymes with huge hooks and grooves, resulting in a powerful record with a sound that is 100% their own. Guest performances are present from Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari, Jamie Graham of Heart Of A Coward, Astroid Boys and cyber rhymer Jot Maxi; a highly diverse collection of artists only Hacktivist could bring together.
Like antibodies that fight disease, Outside The Box is an immediate and fierce response to the world Hacktivist inhabit. It’s a conscious call to arms and the product of a unique bunch of mates that could only ever have been conceived in the neglected corners of one of the UK’s most misunderstood towns in 2016 by one of the most exciting bands around. It’s no understatement to say Outside The Box has been a long time coming – it comprises over five years’ worth of ideas that have been bubbling while the band crossed milestone after milestone, fuelled by the success of their incendiary self-titled 2013 EP.
On the back of the DIY release, Hacktivist garnered strong support from all sides of the media – Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Metal Hammer and BBC Radio 1 all amplified the message, and word soon spread to the likes of The Guardian, XFM and legendary hip-hop publication Insomniac – and spent every spare second on the road.
Mainstage appearances at Reading, Leeds and Sonisphere festivals soon followed in the UK, as well as Rock Am Ring & Rock Im Park in Germany, and the miles racked up around Europe (including as special guests to Korn in 2014) mean that the support accorded to the H grows wherever necessary. In March, for example, they’ll play to almost a thousand in Budapest. This is a movement that respects no borders.