SINGLE: Deaf Havana – Smiles All Round

Release Date: November 1st, 2010
Label: A Wolf At Your Door Records
Website: None available


Losing a lead vocalist and alterting your sound at all can make a huge impact upon the future of band, often it turns out for the worst, but there are definitely occassions where it can work well in their favour. Back in May, founding member and screamer Ryan Mellor left the Deaf Havana camp, reducing the line-up to a quintet. Instead of getting a replacement screamer the group are continuing without, a risky but well-rewarded move.

‘Smiles All Round’ is a first glimpse of the new screamless Deaf Havana, and there’s definitely no loss of flare or impact in their music. It’s catchy, fast, and lets us see even more than before what a great set of pipes James Amadeus Veck-Gilodi has got at his disposal. The lack of screams now could even shrug off a lot of the “generic post-hardcore” tags that were latched onto the group, sounding much less Alexisonfire and more on the same path as Emarosa.

We can only hope this isn’t just a one hit wonder from the reworked line-up. They’ve been knocked down, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. James Amadeus Veck-Gilodi has shown more than enough evidence that he can help carry this band without his co-vocalist by his side.

Written by Rhys Milsom