December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A rock band whose members met at the College of West Anglia has seen their new album rocket into the top 10 of the UK charts.
Deaf Havana’s third studio album Old Souls has entered the Official UK Chart at number nine.
This latest success has marked a rise to fame which started at the King’s Lynn-based college in 2005.
Since then the band have played at the world famous Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as playing on the same bills as Bruce Springsteen and Muse. Lead singer James Veck-Gilodi said: “It’s really nice that it has done well. We were really worried about it as it is different from our previous album and we didn’t know how it would be received. It is a bit more accessible to more people which can only be a good thing.
“Our last album [Fools and Worthless Liars] was pretty straight musically, guitar, drums and bass.
“This one is different I’ve used different instruments like the mandolin and banjo and there is piano in every song.
“There are quite a lot of folk influences on this album and influences from musician’s like Bruce Springsteen.
“There is a real rock band feel rather than bands we are friends with; it is something a bit different.”
The singer, a former Smithdon High School pupil, grew up in what he describes as a field “somewhere between Brancaster and Docking”, and he feels that it may have had an influence on his musical career.
“I certainly feel it had an influence on me playing instruments,” he said. “It was in the middle of nowhere so there wasn’t anything to do.
“I don’t think I would play guitar as well as I do if it wasn’t for that.”
The band has evolved since its beginnings at the college with numerous personnel changes.
Now the six-piece band consists of James Veck-Gilodi, bassist Lee Wilson, drummer Tom Ogden, lead guitarist Chris Pennels, keyboardist Max Britton and guitarist Matthew Veck-Gilodi.
James says he is pleased to have his younger brother Matthew as an official band member.
He said: “It is pretty fun, we’ve been playing music together for years so it’s natural. He was touring with us for two years already.”
The band are set to play at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday, October 24.