The Empire, Middlesbrough.
eastside events present
Sunday 24th March 2019
This event is for over 14s only - No refunds will be issued for under 14s.
Only one of a handful of British guitar bands to achieve a top 10 album in 2018, Deaf Havana are one with their Top 10 album Rituals, which is out now through SO Recordings.
A recurring theme on the album is one of struggle and redemption. Feeling secure of his place in the world for the first time in his life, James’ lyrics cover the themes of disconnect, wrestling with the self and letting go of personal demons. The music is in turn introspective and joyous, with help from the London Contemporary Voices choir, who feature on 5 of the album tracks, including first single Sinner.
Rituals is the result of throwing out the 'Deaf Havana rulebook': first; James picked the song titles, second; he wrote tracks that fit the theme of those titles, third; everything was written on the computer, then the band came in to play all the parts. Working like this felt like working backwards to James, who had previously only written songs on his acoustic guitar, with continuous input from the rest of the band. They set themselves a deadline of April to finish writing, and if any of it was any good, they would make it available by August. No more waiting half a decade for people to finally hear any music.