Deaf Havana is a English Rock quartet from Kings Lynn in the UK. The band was formed in 2005 at the King’s Lynn campus of The College Of West Anglia. The band’s early releases along with constant touring developed a strong fan base in the UK music scene. The name Deaf Havana came from their former guitarist Sebastian Spitz, but the name itself has no literal meaning.
Deaf Havana was formed when the original members met at the King’s Lynn campus of The College Of West Anglia, The band’s roots can, however, be traced back much further with Ryan Mellor, James Veck-Gilodi and Lee Wilson all attending Smithdon High School and playing together in various local scene bands. At college, these members were joined by Tom Ogden and Sebastian Spitz. This early line up saw James singing and Ryan taking guitar and vocal duties.
The band quickly got down to writing songs and an early demo, White Lines But No Camera, recorded in August 2006 at The Lodge, Northampton. The band toured this lineup until Chris Pennells’ replaced Sebastian Spitz. Around the same time, Mellor handed over guitar parts to Veck-Gilodi, and took on the lead role.
In June 2008, the band announced signing a deal with Wolf at Your Door Records, as well as the recording date for said debut EP, now titled It’s Called the Easy Life. The EP was eventually recorded by Jonny Renshaw from Devil Sold His Soul and was mixed by Matt O’Grady (You Me At Six, Architects) and released in October 2008. The EP received strong reviews from various musical publications, following which the band begin to receive some recognition. January 2009 saw the band complete a UK wide tour with We Are The Ocean and The Urgency, and the release of their first music video, “Oh Howard, You Crack Me Up”.
On May 25, 2009 the band entered the studio to record their debut studio album, “Meet Me Halfway, At Least” of which the have sold over 15000 copies. The album was released for exclusive pre-order from Wolf at Your Door Records in September and was released on iTunes and shops in October. There have been two singles taken from this album. “Friends Like These” was released in August and “Nicotine and Alcohol Saved My Life”, was released in March.
Before the release of the album, Deaf Havana embarked on the UK “Metal Hammer Introducing” Tour along with Young Guns and The Casino Brawl. 2010 saw the band on several tours across the UK and Europe, including a headlining UK mini tour with All Forgotten and Francesqa in March, a European tour with Emery and Moneen from March through to April, as well as a support slot on Emarosa’s UK tour in May. Just prior to the mini tour with All Forgotten, the band announced that Ryan would not be embarking on these tours with them due to personal circumstances. May 2010 saw the band’s announcement that Ryan would be leaving the band due to the same personal problems that caused him to pull out of 2010 tours. Deaf Havana decided to continue as a four piece, not replacing Ryan as of June 2010. The Bands last headline tour was a major success, they managed to sell most of the venues to 600tikets plus, and most of the shows we sold out.
The band have nearly finished writing the follow up to 2009′s “Meet Me Halfway, At Least”. A few days after announcing the departure of Ryan.
In May 2010, Deaf Havana played on the Kerrang! Stage at the Slam Dunk Fesitval at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and University of Leeds. The band’s first single as a 4 piece “Smiles All Round” has its first exclusive play on the BBC1 Daniel P Carter rock show, on September 21, 2010. This single got to Number 10 in the official UK Rock charts and Number 9 in the official MTV Rock charts.
Over the bands career they have played alongside acts such as Feeder, You Me At Six, Escape The Fate, Enter Shikari, The Futureheads and Deftones. As a result of last years success we have recently signed to ‘The Agency Group’ Booking agents. This year we are planning to tour relentlessly as a support act, have good slots at most major UK festivals after we have recorded our next album. Our next album will be released later on in the year and will be followed up by a big UK Headline tour.
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