When a band breaks up after a long and hugely successful career, a certain cluster of emotions usually comes to mind among fans: nostalgia for the years spent with their music; pride in their incredible accomplishments; and ultimately, acceptance that it is that band’s time to go. Yet a decidedly different feeling accompanies yesterday’s news that British progressive rock band Arcane Roots will be calling it quits. That’s not to say that the band’s music didn’t leave an incredible impact… to the contrary, they were one of the most breathtakingly original and captivating bands to grace progressive music in years. Yet the tragedy of their breakup at this particular moment is that this felt like a band which, for all their successes thus far, was just getting started.
British alternative rock band Deaf Havana have made a name for themselves with the combination of stadium-sized hard rock riffs, and frontman James Veck-Gilodi’s confessionally emotional songwriting and vocals. Now, they’ve released a new single that pushes that winning formula outward in a totally unexpected way. “Sinner” is the lead single off of the band’s new album RITUALS, out August 10th, and shows the band moving into a bouncy pop rock soundscape, while still staying rooted in Veck-Gilodi’s fantastic voice and lyricism. The results are truly exceptional, and fans of The 1975 and Walk the Moon will find much to love. RITUALS seems poised to catapult Deaf Havana to a new level of popularity, while still retaining the core of what made them stand out as musicians. Stay tuned.