With a completely sold out show ahead of them, it is evident that Deaf Havana are moving up in the world – and if their latest album is anything to go by, it is clear to see why. The largest room in The Cockpit was full to bursting, as fans swarmed together in a bid to get as near as possible to the front. As the band made their way to the stage, they were greeted by an eruption of cheers and screams from the ecstatic and adoring crowd, making it difficult for lead singer James Veck-Gilodi to wipe the huge smile off his face.
The set kicked off with the forceful and energetic Leeches, sending the crowd into a po-going frenzy and prompting a breakout of synchronised clapping – let’s just say the atmosphere in the room was far from dull. The band then effortlessly weaved their way into tracks The World Or Nothing and Right Now I’m Anyone’s, before taking a breather to address the fans. Singer James Veck-Gilodi wasted no time in expressing his excitement to be back in Leeds, and was seemingly delighted to be playing a much larger venue than on previous visits to the city. His cheeky charisma kept fans entertained in between songs whilst he revealed the band would be returning later in the year, again in a much bigger venue, so it’s fair to say that these guys are definitely doing something right.
The band continued the set with the anthemic I Will Try, an undeniable crowd pleaser that prompted a mass sing-a-long, followed by older hits Another Day In This House and Friends Like These. The majority of the songs, however, were taken from the latest album Fools And Worthless Liars, with songs Anemophobia and Little White Lies being received with particularly fervent enthusiasm as fans practically snatched the words from singer James leaving him to simply look on in amazement. The set closed with the irresistibly catchy The Past Six Years and Fifty Four leaving the band to go out on a high knowing that their new album has gone down an absolute storm. Keep a look out for these guys; they’re definitely ones to watch.