Album Review: Deaf Havana

Deaf Havana - Meet Me Halfway, At LeastAlbum Review: Deaf Havana
Album: Meet Me Halfway, At Least
Label: A Wolf At Your Door

It’s been a pretty sharpish turnaround for the Norfolk chaps in Deaf Havana. It only seems a while ago that this very website was lavishing undulated praise upon their energetic debut EP It’s Called the Easy Life. So, hopefully Deaf Havana has recorded a full length that won’t let this reviewer down, and maybe even build on their impressive foundations.

Well, in all honesty, not much has changed. Things sound fairly fantastic, the recording having been given the professional spit and polish that bands like these would be nothing without, but it certainly doesn’t distract from the music. The tunes themselves are, for the most part, ingeniously catchy – full of emphatic vocals and hooks that draw you in like an old boot.

Whilst things are musically very similar to the debut, the band does seem to have toned down their off-the-wall sense of humour. It’s a shame really, because if there’s one thing the world doesn’t need another of, it’s a po-faced, angsty teen trying to express his inner demons through the power of cliché lyrical snippets. That’s exactly what we get on the likes of Nicotine And Alcohol Saved My Life (yeah, fuck the NHS!) and it’s hard to feel any real connection or sympathy.

Elsewhere the album rocks like a caveman’s footwear. The band combines aggressive riffs with some pop-tastic vocal work. It’s a delicate rope to balance on, but the band really seems to be having a whale of a time running along it carelessly. I Guess I’ll Be Leaving Soon even throws in a hint of Matt Bellamy feeling good, whilst closer In Desperate Need Of Adventure has vocalist Ryan Mellor pulling his heart out of his throat and throwing it to the dogs.

Meet Me Halfway, At Least somehow manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of a young band who have been given the freedom of an album. The boys of Deaf Havana have already carved out their sound, and cleverly avoid experimenting with it too much. There’s singles on here that could make them go stratospheric (given the right kind of marketing, which their MySpace presence seems to have down to a tee) but there’s more than a few hints that they may still remain just a flash in a pan.

It seems harsh to already be expecting them to struggle come their next album, but Deaf Havana have set themselves a big challenge in taking their music someplace else come album number two. For now though things are looking pretty golden for this group of Norfolk lads.

It’s been a pretty sharpish turnaround for the Norfolk chaps in Deaf Havana. It only seems a while ago that this very website was lavishing undulated praise upon their energetic debut EP It’s Called the Easy Life. So, hopefully Deaf Havana has recorded a full length that won’t let this reviewer down, and maybe even build on their impressive foundations.

Well, in all honesty, not much has changed. Things sound fairly fantastic, the recording having been given the professional spit and polish that bands like these would be nothing without, but it certainly doesn’t distract from the music. The tunes themselves are, for the most part, ingeniously catchy – full of emphatic vocals and hooks that draw you in like an old boot.

Whilst things are musically very similar to the debut, the band does seem to have toned down their off-the-wall sense of humour. It’s a shame really, because if there’s one thing the world doesn’t need another of, it’s a po-faced, angsty teen trying to express his inner demons through the power of cliché lyrical snippets. That’s exactly what we get on the likes of Nicotine And Alcohol Saved My Life (yeah, fuck the NHS!) and it’s hard to feel any real connection or sympathy.

Elsewhere the album rocks like a caveman’s footwear. The band combines aggressive riffs with some pop-tastic vocal work. It’s a delicate rope to balance on, but the band really seems to be having a whale of a time running along it carelessly. I Guess I’ll Be Leaving Soon even throws in a hint of Matt Bellamy feeling good, whilst closer In Desperate Need Of Adventure has vocalist Ryan Mellor pulling his heart out of his throat and throwing it to the dogs.

Meet Me Halfway, At Least somehow manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of a young band who have been given the freedom of an album. The boys of Deaf Havana have already carved out their sound, and cleverly avoid experimenting with it too much. There’s singles on here that could make them go stratospheric (given the right kind of marketing, which their MySpace presence seems to have down to a tee) but there’s more than a few hints that they may still remain just a flash in a pan.

It seems harsh to already be expecting them to struggle come their next album, but Deaf Havana have set themselves a big challenge in taking their music someplace else come album number two. For now though things are looking pretty golden for this group of Norfolk lads.

Originally published at Sonic Dice.

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