Old Souls, Deaf Havana’s 2013 release, is quickly becoming one of my favourite go-to albums.
It’s been out for a bit over a year (technically it wasn’t released in Canada until January 2014, but I picked up a copy when I was in London last December), and it’s been growing on me ever since.
It’s very different from their first album, 2009’s Meet Me Halfway, At Least – you know, the one that’s somewhat screamy? – but it shows the band’s progression; I would say they’ve finally found their sound. I can’t really think of any other way to describe it apart from “alternative” – you’d have to listen to it to see what I mean. They also have great, meaningful lyrics (once you decipher them, because sometimes I can’t figure out what James is saying).
I was lucky enough to see Deaf Havana twice: first, opening for You Me At Six at Wembley in December 2012, and then again when they played their first Canadian show ever in February this year. I was supposed to see them in May (supporting You Me At Six), but when the tour was postponed until October, DH was unfortunately unable to rearrange their own touring schedule. I’m anxiously waiting for them to come back, and I hope that, one day, they get the attention they deserve in North America (they’re already huge in the UK).
My top three songs:
It just seems, seems like we lost a friend. It feels like the end.
Another year without a friend, another year where I just close my eyes and dance inside my head.
But I saw the words that you wrote down, on the back of your book in the room where we spent our days.