Deaf Havana are gearing up to announce the highly-anticipated news that they will be releasing their sixth studio album, The Present Is A Foreign Land on 15th July. Comprising of 12 tracks written and performed entirely by brothers James and Matty Veck-Gilodi, the album explores themes such as imposter syndrome, conquering arduous life obstacles and self-discovery.
In 2020, Deaf Havana were ready to go their separate ways after a decade together, but then the pandemic hit and they had no choice but to stop. Despite the band making the tough decision to call it a day, Matty continued to write songs and it was this that brought him and brother James back together after a turbulent few months. The two-piece decided to continue as Deaf Havana, and holed themselves up in a studio in Hastings with producer Mike Horner (Hot Chip, Jess Glynne, YONAKA and more). The result is The Present Is A Foreign Land; a mature and accomplished body of work.
Alongside their album announcement, the duo will also be releasing single, Going Clear. The honest and vulnerable track showcases frontman James’s raw yet soaring vocals, which are complemented by his signature heart-on-sleeve lyrics.
James explains, “Going Clear is a song I started writing a long time ago but it wasn’t until recently that I really realised it’s a song purely about addiction and the effect it has on loved ones and family members. It’s a very straight forward and simple song but having gone through the years of substance abuse and seen the pain it brings first hand, this one really hits home.”
Last year saw the band confirm they will play one of the most loved and regarded UK rock festivals. Deaf Havana will appear at Slam Dunk Festival on Friday 3rd June, and Saturday 4th June alongside Alexisonfire, The Wonder Years and Meet Me At The Altar, plus many more.
Deaf Havana have risen through the ranks during their time as a band, earning themselves coveted accolades including three Top 10 albums in the Official Charts with Rituals, All These Countless Nights, and Old Souls. 2018 saw them play their biggest headline show to date at Brixton Academy, alongside appearances at festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Mad Cool and Pukkelpop. Since then, Deaf Havana have played a sold out German headline tour, their biggest UK headline tour and their debut festival headline slot, at 2000 Trees.