Formed in 2005 in Norfolk and after several line-up changes Deaf Havana now comprise of James Veck-Gilodi (vocals, guitar), Chris Pennells (guitar), Lee Wilson (bass), Matthew Veck-Gilodi (guitar, vocals), Max Britton (keyboard, guitar) and Tom Ogden (drums). Deaf Havana formed while at The College of West Anglia originally focusing on a heavier sound, the band now lean towards alternative rock.
‘Evangeline’ was the title of Deaf Havana’s debut EP released in 2006 with their follow up ‘It’s Called the Easy Life’ released in October 2008 released on Wolf at Your Door Records. ‘It’s Called the Easy Life’ was extremely well received by critics and this lead to Deaf Havana heading on tour with UK band, We Are the Ocean, in January 2009.
In May 2009 Deaf Havana began recording their debut full length album ‘Meet Me Halfway, At Least’ working with producer Matt O’Grady for the second time. Two singles were taken off this record ‘Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life’ and fan favourite ‘Friends Like These’. The band embarked on several tours during the end of 2009 and the start of 2010 and saw the then front man Ryan Mellor leaving the band in May 2010 due to personal reasons, leaving James Veck-Gilodi to take the reigns.
Deaf Havana’s second full-length offering began taking shape early 2010 with recording taking place during February 2011, again with producer Matt O’Grady. Following a tour supporting You Me At Six, Deaf Havana’s album ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’ was released in November 2011. The album reached no. 1 on the UK Rock Album Charts.
The band hit the studio early in 2013 to begin recording their third full length record ’Old Souls’ and the album was released the following September. Leading up with the release of Deaf Havana’s third album, the band received many radio plays including as BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’.
On the strength of their new record Deaf Havana performed some very high profile shows most notably supporting Bruce Springsteen in London and Muse in Germany. They also played the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading and Leeds during that year and embarked on their biggest headline tour to date ending at The Roundhouse in London.