EP: Deaf Havana – ’22’ ★★★★☆

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EP: 22

Release Date: June 29th 2014

Label: BMG Rights

 

Following their first top 10 album ‘Old Souls’, the six piece from Norfolk are back with the release of their next single 22’.

Their latest album has pushed Deaf Havana to opportunities that a few years ago they couldn’t have even dreamed of; a slot on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage at the 2013 Reading & Leeds festival, a support slot with Muse, a slot at the annual Hard Rock Calling festival supporting Bruce Springsteen and their biggest headline UK run to date.

This four track EP is as heart-warming and passionate as any Deaf Havana release we’ve become accustomed to, featuring the title track ‘22’, two brand new tracks that featured on their ‘English Hearts’ documentary and an acoustic version of ‘Kings Road Ghosts’.

Opening track, ‘22’ opens with a fast paced guitar riff, which then drops into vocalist James Veck-Gilodi, reflecting on his touring habits of drinking too much and not looking after his body. The meaning behind the lyrics could mistakenly be portrayed as a love song, but with the ‘you’ in the chorus referring to touring, the song could have ended up being a slow tempo, depressing acoustic track. But the size of the chorus reaches skyscraper heights and it lifts you instantly, resulting in one of the fan favourite tracks from ‘Old Souls’.

Next up is an acoustic take on ‘Kings Road Ghosts’, where James takes the only role, creating the simplistic sound of just an acoustic guitar and his vocals.

Next up, the first of two brand new tracks on the EP, ‘Drive All Night (English Hearts)’ opens with light-hearted guitar and clapping, underneath a simply melody that leads into a ‘woah’ type chorus that could easily be seen filling a space on the album, rather than being a B-side. But as the middle section of the track comes up, the six piece experiment with a Spanish take on things, featuring maracas and chanting, showing off the more humorous side.

The closing track of the EP, and the second brand new track, ‘Whiskey’ is an acoustic track that shows off the chemistry of James and his brother Matt with some beautiful harmonies. The track seems to follow on from ‘22’, with James reflecting on what life’s tough decisions.

The honesty behind James’ lyrics continue to prove that Deaf Havana are one of the most special rock bands around today, and within the 22 EP, demonstrate that they most certainly deserve the amount of attention they’re gaining following ‘Old Souls’.

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Pre-order 22 on iTunes now!