Album Review: Deaf Havana – “Rituals”

UK based alt-rockers Deaf Havana are back with their fifth studio album only 18 months after they released ‘All These Countless Nights’, and boy are they back with a bang! With two top ten albums under their belts since 2013, they have shown impressive growth, and have changed their sound, with every single album they have bought out which shows courage and strength as an artist.

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Deaf Havana boldly change direction with “Sinner”

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.

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Interview: Deaf Havana’s Tom Ogden discusses new album, Springsteen, and Mark Kozelek

In the decade of their existence, UK alternative rock band Deaf Havana have gone through changes that would sink lesser bands – from losing a vocalist in their first few years, to completely revamping their sound, to almost breaking up recently – but the band is still surging in popularity, especially given their high chart placements with their new record, All These Countless Nights. The album contains some of the biggest songs of Deaf Havana’s career, including “Sing”, and possibly the best chorus the band has ever written on “Fever”.

Drummer Tom Ogden stopped by to discuss the new album, performing with Bruce Springsteen, and his love of Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon/Red House Painters). Check out the interview below, and stay tuned for incoming tour dates as well. Tom’s answers are italicized.

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Album Review: Deaf Havana – “All These Countless Nights”

Sonic evolution can be a difficult balance for any musical act. If a band stays too comfortably in one lane, they run the risk of getting stale and beating the same tired ideas into the ground. However, those bands that dare to expand their sound in dramatic and unexpected ways have the potential of alienating large segments of their fanbase, or even losing touch with what was central to their appeal in the first place. Deaf Havana is certainly not a band that can be accused of staying in one lane.

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