Biography

Have Heart was a straight edge hardcore band, formed in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2002. The band recorded a demo that was released in 2003. Lyrics cover a variety of subjects from the hardcore scene to a much larger scale. Many topics include self-image and its transition to popular media, the straight edge lifestyle, self-control and respect, pacifism, pressure (especially youth pressure), perseverance, self-destruction, friendship, and family. Such lyrical themes have allowed Have Heart to have a commanding force in at least the positive hardcore scene, and even the scene as a whole.

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Derek Hoke plays unapologetically classic country from the pre-digital, hell, pre-cassette era. Think of it as a sort of pensive hillbilly. Derek and his songs aren’t going to lurch forward at you and shout in your face. He’s more the type of guy to lean back and play at his own pace and draw you in on his own terms.