Full disclosure: I’m completely biased; Deaf Havana is one of my all-time favorite bands, and it’s high-time that more people listened to them. First formed in 2005, the band has steadily grown in popularity, yet is still rather unknown amongst most music fans. They started as a post-hardcore band, mixing both clean and screaming vocals, which just does things to me (cue shivers down my spine). After their screamer, Ryan Mellor, left, the band opted not to replace him, allowing now-lead singer James Veck-Gilodi to do all the vocals.
It is extremely rare for bands to make a complete 180 in sound, and still maintain fans. Yet this was a feat that Deaf Havana was able to accomplish. Shifting from a post-hardcore sound to a more folksy, indie-rock one was a risk, and it was one that paid off. Listen to “Oh Howard, You Crack Me Up,” and “Hunstanton Pier,” and the wealth and breadth of talent in this band becomes clear. Both songs are examples of their old sound and new, and both merit recognition.
The band is currently working on their fourth studio album, for which I am very, very excited. Seeing them live during my semester abroad was one of the best experiences of my life (yes, tears were involved). Recommended songs include “Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life,” “Little White Lies,” and “Everybody’s Dancing and I Want to Die,” but honestly, I love every single one of their songs. There is really something for everyone.