UK 5-piece Deaf Havana are excited to announce new track Sinner – available from today (June 8) to stream and download.
The single is taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album Rituals which will be out on August 10th through SO Recordings.

The follow up to their 2017 Top 5 album All These Countless Nights, Rituals is the result of throwing out the Deaf Havana rulebook: first; James (Veck-Gilodi, vocals) picked the song titles, second; he wrote tracks that fit the theme of those titles, third; everything was written on the computer, then the band came in to play all the parts. Working like this felt like working backwards to James who had previously only written songs on his acoustic guitar, with continuous input from the rest of the band. James and Phil Gornell (co-producer) set themselves a deadline of April to finish writing, and if any of it was any good, they would make it available!

Laughingly, James says: It feels quite self-indulgent. This is the first time I feel like I have made an album that is all for me, written purely for my own enjoyment. Everyone is super excited to get out on the road and play all these songs live.

A recurring them on the album is one of struggle and redemption. James’ lyrics cover the themes of disconnect, wrestling with the self and letting go of personal demons. The music is in turn introspective and joyous, with help from the London Contemporary Voices Choir, who feature on 5 of the album tracks, including Sinner. Deaf Havana performed with the choir earlier this year when they played an intimate show at London’s Union Chapel for War Child Charity as party of the BRIT Awards gigs.

The band have already been announced for Reading & Leeds festivals this August – second from the top of the bill on the Radio 1 Stage!

The theme of redemption ties into the art the band have wrapped into the album cover, a series by the visual artist Wolf James entitled My Love Is Lethal (A personal series dedicated to Letting Go).

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