Deaf Havana's debut album caused quite a stir in the Britrock scene, and for a good reason, their youthful and melodic take on Alexisonfire-meets-Every Time I Die post-hardcore being a joy to listen to. But after the departure of screamer Ryan Mellor, the band have toned their sound to something surprisingly unique and mature. James Veck-Gilodi's soulful croon brings to mind Jonny Craig from Dance Gavin Dance, yearning out passionate lyrics drenched in a cynicism Morrissey would be proud of, to the tune of guitar lines that sound like You Me At Six covering U2. Lacking in filler, this album should bring Deaf Havana up into the big leagues. Until then, this is testament to the talents of one of the UK's most promising bands.
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