Released: 6th November 2011
I’m not normally one for music reviews, but this album is too fantastic to not review. I’ve known about Deaf Havana for quite some time now, I live in the same area that they come from, and my goodness, how they have evolved. Their first album, ‘Meet Me Halfway, At Least’ was good, but that was about it. It was good enough to gain the band a strong fan base, but that was about it for me. Then vocalist Ryan Mellor left, leaving guitarist and vocalist James Veck-Gilodi to become the band’s lyricist. This is probably the most noticeable part of the album, they lyrics have changed. The songs are bitter, some self-loathing, but they are all completely honest. This is Veck-Gilodi laid bare for us all to see.
The album opens up acoustically, with The Past Six Years, and this deals with the frustrations of watching Deaf Havana’s peers (Young Guns and Lower than Atlantis, to name two) succeed before them. The lyrics are brutally honest, citing that they had ‘plans to be more than just that band who had that song about friends and not much else”. Then we get swept into the anthemic songs like Youth In Retrospect and Little White Lies, which features guest vocals from Portia Conn. Every thing on this album is so slick, yet so genuine.
My two favourite tracks are Hunstanton Pier and Fifty Four. These are definitely two of the stand out tracks for me, with Hunstanton Pier seemingly a favourite with many reviewers and fans across the country.
Some bands flounder on their second albums. Others seem to really come into their own. And I know exactly what category Fools and Worthless Liars places the band into. I really, really hope that 2012 becomes Deaf Havana’s year, because, if this album is anything to go by, they truly deserve it.
Stand-out Tracks: Little White Lies, Hunstanton Pier, Fifty Four