When an expired passport pulled Julián out of the UK and away from his English bandmates, the songwriter didn't get discouraged. "I knew the first thing I had to do was move to Austin and start anew." One year later, his new band Have To Have joined Kelly Donnelly at Fire Station Studios to record their debut album 'Obscuriosity'.
Have To Have started as a trio comprised of frontman Julián Berdegué, punk bassist Jonathan More, and prog rock drummer Dominic Neri, but one jam session with rock guitarist Mitch Stuart changed everything. "We knew he was good going into that rehearsal, but no one expected our notably different styles to complement one another so tastefully," says Julián, "The electricity was palpable." It wasn't long before the band's repertoire of melodic punk-driven songs adopted an alternative twist resembling a time when music videos ran MTV and LimeWire feasted on computers, while still sounding like the latest thing.
"Ultimately, (we) are taking after our heroes and making compelling music that will empower future generations to take agency over their lives and do the same," the band agrees.