Hot on the heels of a triumphant return to the stage at a sold out intimate show at Lafayette in London, Deaf Havana have released their new single, Kids. The reflective track hears the duo contemplate their youth, and James Veck-Gilodi has explained, “Kids, like many songs of ours, is a retrospective romance with our younger years. It views growing up in boring coastal towns through rose tinted glasses and asks a lot of questions as to what the people we grew up with are doing now. It’s mainly a nostalgic song about small English towns, about what could’ve been and what is.”
The single arrives alongside the official music video, which was shot by Jon Stone in Brighton. It sees a young couple skateboard around the seaside town, whilst Deaf Havana perform the song in a separate snug location. It complements the sentiment of the song, and perfectly portrays the romance of youth.
Deaf Havana have been invited to support Don Broco at London’s historic Royal Albert Hall later this month. They will play a very special show on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust, on 21st March.
The release of Kids follows the successful launch of the band’s single Going Clear, which garnered solid support across streaming services. It was also made Track Of The Week on Kerrang! Radio recently, received support from BBC 1’s Dan P Carter, plus has made waves overseas where it has hit the German Radio Airplay Chart.
Deaf Havana recently announced the highly-anticipated news that they will be releasing their sixth studio album, The Present Is A Foreign Land on 15th July, which peaked at no.5 in the iTunes pre-order chart during launch weekend. Comprising of 12 tracks written 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.
Deaf Havana will appear at Slam Dunk Festival on 3rd and 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.