Ahead of the release of their highly-anticipated fourth album, ‘All These Countless Nights’, on January 27th – Deaf Havana have today revealed their new single with a video for ‘Fever’.
The track, “the darkest song lyrically” on the record according to frontman James Veck-Gilodi, is a tale of periods of heavy drinking, the resulting behavioural changes and ultimately the tests they present to the relationships you hold closest. The line “I saw myself in my mother’s eyes and I found some hope,” sees the singer reflecting on a visit to his mother and a conversation that inspired change and brought balance to his lifestyle.
The accompanying music video, is the third part of a story shot in Monterrey, Mexico at the end of 2016. “I always loved the idea of having several videos that were all part of a bigger story, I felt like the 3 singles, (Sing, Trigger and Fever) were perfect for this as they all shared and underlying theme of feeling alienated and out of control,” says James. “Meeting AJ and everyone at Groovy Chaos was an absolute blessing because they completely understood our vision and managed to translate that to video much better than we ever imagined. Travelling to Mexico and shooting with the guys was such an amazing experience, being so far away from home and out of our comfort zone really leant itself to the lyrical content of the songs and they ended up being the best music videos we have ever been a part of.”
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2013’s brilliant Old Souls album had successfully catapulted Deaf Havana into the UK rock big league. It crashed into the Top 10 of the Albums Chart, earned rave reviews for its bravura songwriting and saw the band sell out ever bigger venues, appear higher up the bill at festivals and even support James Veck-Gilodi’s hero, Bruce Springsteen.
“It made us feel like a proper band,” says Veck-Gilodi, after Deaf Havana’s many years on the fringes of the scene. “It stepped away from that emo-y world; there were a lot more layers to it and the songwriting was much more mature.”
But, behind the scenes, the band were experiencing financial problems and a lack of internal communication that almost broke them. “I was very close to quitting,” says Veck-Gilodi, “basically, I didn’t want to be in the band anymore.”
Veck-Gilodi planned to use the band’s 2014 Reading & Leeds performance to pay off the band’s debts and act as its swansong. But some sideshows reminded him of how much he – and Deaf Havana’s still-burgeoning fanbase – enjoyed his band. A sudden burst of inspired songwriting followed – “It’s probably the most creative I’ve ever been,” he says – but these weren’t just regular DH songs.
Recent single, ‘Trigger’, followed as James says, “it was one of the few songs where the words just came out of me as I put the pen to paper. It’s about me feeling alone in relationships and alone in life, reflecting on all the mistakes and things I had done wrong, yet too idled by laziness to do anything to change them. In the video, Ceci (the actress) represents me, being so close to so many people, yet feeling so far away and essentially remaining alone.”
The song and those that followed demanded that he and his bandmates – singing keys player Max Britton, bassist Lee Wilson, drummer Tom Ogden and Veck-Gilodi’s guitarist brother, Matthew – strike out for new sonic territory.
The end result, Veck-Gilodi declares, is Deaf Havana’s most eclectic and expansive album yet. Having cleared house internally in the months leading up to recording of ‘All These Countless Nights’, taking on new management and signing to a new record label (So Recordings), the band are already benefitting from the “new energy” that brings. They’re communicating better with each other, they’re involved in every aspect of the band’s affairs, and they’re ready for whatever the world of rock wants to throw at them…
“This album needs to take us to a higher level,” asserts Veck-Gilodi. “Not necessarily in terms of chart positions, because I don’t care about that. I just can’t wait for people to hear the album. We appreciate the fact that everyone’s waited this out with us. It’s going to be great.”
‘All These Countless Nights’
1) Ashes, Ashes
6) Like a Ghost
7) Pretty Low
10) St. Paul’s
12) Pensacola, 2013
All These Countless Nights was produced, recorded and mixed by Adam Noble at Air Studios in London, and residential studio The Vale.
Exclusive pre-order album bundles are available at: http://www.deafhavanaofficial.com
‘All These Countless Nights’ UK headline tour
17: MANCHESTER 02 Ritz
18: GLASGOW 02 ABC
20: BRISTOL 02 Academy
21: BIRMINGHAM 02 Academy
23: NORWICH UEA
24: LONDON 02 Forum Kentish Town
Tickets on sale at: http://myticket.co.uk/artists/deaf-havana