Following last summers release of album number 3, Old Souls, this tour has seen Deaf Havana playing at some smaller and more intimate venues than could have been chosen considering their now extensive fan base.
The six band members found themselves on a compact and bijou stage for the last night of their UK tour, but delivered a performance that was thoroughly enjoyable.
Whilst their genre of music has deviated slightly since they first set foot on the music scene, becoming more radio friendly and delivering a ‘whole group’ effort rather than James Veck-Gilodi with supporting band members.
Deaf Havana delivered a set which included most of both Old Souls and Fools And Worthless Liars. Whilst the opening track Lights from the new album provided a somewhat slow start this soon built into the more powerful delivery that we have come to expect from sextet.
Deaf Havana were very good musically. The vocals of James Veck-Gilodi as strong as ever and the music an accomplishment of harmonies led by guitars, with the acoustic talents of Matthew Veck-Gilodi worthy of particular note!
Deaf Havana excelled in combining their more reflective pieces with their crowd pleasing catchy songs, and the pessimistic tendencies so often apparent on album tracks are less obvious in these live renditions. The more upbeat tracks generated energetic and enthusiastic response from a very vocal crowd who rose to embrace the anthemic rock deliveries.
This small and very hot venue provided a fitting end to the UK tour; whilst not the most glamorous of settings for a tour finale, the reception from the enthusiastic crowd left no doubt that Deaf Havana have succeeded in winning over a large and loyal fan base and have established themselves as one of the UKs leading bands!
Written By: Lindsy Stott
Photographed by: Samantha Stott