Deaf Havana
Fools And Worthless Liars


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Head USER (1 Reviews)
November 7th, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The musical diary of a cynical twenty something.

Hailing from Norfolk in the UK, Deaf Havana have spent the past five years building up a solid fan base to some considerable success; a time highlighted by several CD releases and extensive touring, gaining a reputation for their energetic live shows and for their blend of post-hardcore that mixed the Keith Buckley-esque screams of vocalist Ryan Mellor with the soulful cleans of guitarist James Veck-Gilodi. Just as the band seemed to be peaking; a support slot on Emarosa’s UK tour and the successful release of their first LP appeared to cement this, the band lost Mellor and stated their intention to carry on as a five piece with a new musical direction. Naturally, suspicions were arose by many, with more than a few disbelieving that the band would release anything worthwhile without their screamer. Oh how wrong they were.

In fact, with ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’, Deaf Havana all but realise the potential that they had shown since their early days. Gone are the aggressive verses juxtaposed with clean choruses, the Every Time I Die influenced riffs and occasionally disjointed song writing; they are instead replaced by something much greater. Veck-Gilodi’s vocals have always been the highlight of the group, his unique soulful yearn is comparable to that of Jonny Craig at times in that it ranges from poppy crooning to throaty growls and with their newest effort Deaf Havana make full use of his ability, showcasing the talents of one of the UK’s rising stars. On a musical level, the sound portrayed on ‘Fools’ oozes originality whilst wearing its influences on its sleeve, blending U2-esque guitar lines with huge stadium rock drumming, providing a perfect backing for the aforementioned stand out vocals. Whilst the sound is accessible and poppy it is no less grand, the production is incredibly slick and the balance of power and beauty is nothing short of spot on.

Highlights from the record come in the form of the enormous ‘I’m a Bore, Mostly’, first single ‘The World or Nothing’ and ‘Little White Lies’, the latter of which features the silky smooth vocals of British youngster Portia Conn and has future single written all over it. The most impressive thing about this album however is the maturity of the young band’s writing, particularly in the lyric department. Instead of singing about failed relationships and love lost Veck-Gilodi instead sings about what he seems to know best; Morrissey-esque cynicism and a hatred for aging as could only be had by an early twenty-something living in modern working class Britain. This is perhaps most apparent in the track ‘Youth in Retrospect’, in which he laments:

‘Oh retrospect, it's a curse we can't prevent
And the days we loved the most have all been spent’

Of course ‘Fools’ is not without its flaws, some tracks are simply not quite as strong as others, ‘Nelson’s County’ springs to mind particularly as a filler track. This does little to tarnish an otherwise excellent record from one of the UK’s most promising rock bands. It is an impressive first chapter in a new book and the potential for future growth is enormous. Given the right backing and direction Deaf Havana could find themselves somewhere among the elite of the UK’s current crop, only time will tell.


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Fools and Worthless Liars finds Deaf Havana reaching for a completely different bag of influences th...


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Weathered
November 7th 2011


74 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review looks a bit shorter than I was hoping it would, hope it's alright for a first!

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
November 8th 2011


21964 Comments


AF got ninja'd

iFghtffyrdmns
November 8th 2011


7047 Comments


Keith Buckley-esque screams

holy dick I need to check this out.


Awesome review by the way kid, especially for a first.
good job.

gabethepiratesquid
November 8th 2011


4521 Comments


lol, this doesn't have screams dummies. But I've been looking forward to this forever. Gonna download now.

Duderino
November 8th 2011


827 Comments


deafheaven is stoked

NorwichScene
November 9th 2011


1429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is awesome

Digging: Lonely the Brave - The Day's War

gabethepiratesquid
November 9th 2011


4521 Comments


This is fantastic. I love the lyrics about being a lethargic young adult piece of shit who can't accomplish his musical dreams because I can relate.

Sanders
November 9th 2011


2351 Comments


"Lee and me were schooled in a tourist town
With less culture than Jeremy Kyle
And most weekends I found nothing but regret
Between many a drunk girls' legs
And in many a strangers' bed."

Shitty English daytime tv-related lyrics ftw. Really enjoying this album, I like their change in direction.

IfYouRun
November 9th 2011


293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really loving this right now, they are huge around where i live right now.

charlie15
November 10th 2011


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

No screaming! Pretty catchy though

NorwichScene
November 10th 2011


1429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw them the other day and their old screamer Ryan joined them on stage for friends like these!

Love this band, not just because they are local to me but they are very talented

IfYouRun
November 10th 2011


293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos'd btw.

Adabelle
November 10th 2011


4257 Comments


Haha, Jeremy Kyle in the lyrics, checking this out.

Take a well-deserved pos.

Scoot
November 10th 2011


17754 Comments


is that annoying clean vocalist gone?

Titan50
November 10th 2011


4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Holy shit this is great

PinkBlackberry
November 12th 2011


2346 Comments


CD is fuckin' amazing.

Lead singer gained a lot of weight, then lost a little bit.

Good boy.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

With the loss of screamer Ryan Mellor, English outfit Deaf Havana adjust their sound to melodic alt-rock on 2nd LP 'Fools and Worthless Liars'. The now quartet do not miss a step & actually improve however with James Veck-Gilodi's captivating vocals taking center stage. Better yet are his mature lyrical themes, which are not only infinitely quotable, but also honest, personal & extremely relatable. From the surprisingly proficient acoustic opener through to the sing-along anthemic rockers, this album has huge crossover potential & comes with practically no filler. Recommended Tracks: I Will Try, Little White Lies, I'm A Bore Mostly & Hunstanton Pier.

Fugue
December 6th 2011


7353 Comments


Recommended Tracks: I Will Try, Little White Lies, I'm A Bore Mostly & Hunstanton Pier.


1 out of 4, good try though.

NorwichScene
December 8th 2011


1429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen to Little White Lies, Hunstanton Pier, Filthy Rotten Scoundrel, Things Change Friends Leave and Life Doesn't Stop for Anybody and Fifty Four.

5 of the best songs you will hear this year!

Axel
December 8th 2011


189 Comments


expected to hate this tbh



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