All These Countless Nights is a remarkable return to form for the Norfolk five-piece, whose future looks peril over the past couple years. After 11 years, Deaf Havana are a far different band than when they started, but ultimately, front-man James Veck-Gilodi with his deeply personal lyrics and fine voice always shined through.
Taking their time with the writing and recording, Deaf Havana’s fourth album strips things back to basics, documenting the people and places Veck-Gilodi has experienced since the list time he last “spoke” to us through their last album Old Souls. Raw and brutally honest, it also contains tracks relating to James’ battle with drinking and rejecting those temptations for the love of another person. Unlike their last album which leaned a little too heavily on a Springsteen-influence on times, the band have mixed their trademark huge choruses and soaring melodies with a modern hard-hitting sound on their latest release, closer to their 2nd album, 2011’s Fools and Worthless Liars.
Opener Ashes serves a dual purpose of laying to rest the old Veck-Gilodi as he talks about taking control of his life. The album manages to blend in the heavier tracks such as latest single Fever with its thundering bass-line next to the acoustical lead Happiness which is perhaps the bands most open track, without seeming out of place. It is songs like this which have given the band the emotional connection to their fans that many are never able to attain.
Perhaps the bands most eclectic and expansive album yet, it is these 12 tracks which best define the band they want to be, laying out their soul. As James says on track St Pauls, “I’ve got a past I want to leave behind”, this record should give them the renewed energy and confidence to take these stadium rock size tracks out of the dark, and further than they ever have before.
Deaf Havana are on tour around the UK in February.
17 – MANCHESTER Ritz
18 – GLASGOW ABC
20 – BRISTOL Academy
21 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
23 – NORWICH UEA
24 – LONDON Forum
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