Deaf Havana have been through a steadily constant amount of change to get to where they are today. They’ve had a fluctuating number of band members, and have found themselves straddling music genres until the success of 2013 release, ‘Old Souls’, provided some much needed stability to the quintet. This record returned them to the forefront of the music scene, albeit in a more mainstream manner.
They now have the opportunity to capitalise on this in the form of their eagerly anticipated fourth full-length output, ‘All These Countless Nights’, which, excitingly, is exactly what they do.
Introducing what has become their trademark sound is ‘Ashes, Ashes’, which has a somewhat upbeat chorus delivered with genuine emotion and heartfelt lyrics by frontman, James Veck-Gilodi. The band come across as a truly cohesive unit across this record, especially on instrumental moments, creating a wall of noise for the frontman to scream over before a calming outro to ‘L.O.V.E.’. This point is only established further on later number ‘Like A Ghost’, with its powerful, dominating instrumental break, despite the profoundly depressing nature of the track.
The strength of Deaf Havana has always been laid in their ability to write deeply personal, harrowingly self-critical, yet poignantly relatable lyrics. They bare their souls across this record with tracks such ‘St. Pauls’, ‘Happiness’, and ‘Trigger’. All these tracks are bursting with emotion, but more impressively is how eloquently and passionately the story behind each song is delivered.
‘All These Countless Nights’ really delivers the impression that Deaf Havana have figured out exactly where they want to be in the music scene, what their strengths are, and how they can use them to create fantastic records. With all this in place, you can’t help but get the feeling that this band are at the top of their game, already building on the success of their previous album. It would seem that there’s nothing to stop Deaf Havana taking the music scene by storm.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)