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Six things you need to know about Deaf Havana

Norfolk’s young Old Souls talk dark days, cinematic influences and eschewing big labels for indie homes

In the run-up to Deaf Havana’s Reading and Leeds festivals slot in 2014, frontman James Veck-Gilodi was sure they would be their last shows. The band formed at college in Kings Lynn in 2005 had debts, things weren’t working out with their label and he was feeling disillusioned. But as soon as he started singing, he realised he wasn’t ready to leave the band behind. And so they began writing songs again. The result is All These Countless Nights, an album full of earnest balladeering and driven, melodic tunes drenched in nostalgia and emotion.

Their previous record, 2013’s Old Souls, was an unashamed homage to Bruce Springsteen, so it’s fitting that we meet in the Ace Cafe, a biker bar that through its decor nods to shabby Americana and the freedom of the road – despite now being being on an industrial estate in London. Deaf Havana are on the cusp of a new adventure, and this is what you need to know about them.


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