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Deaf Havana’s James Veck-Gilodi “I Know We Are Going To Alienate Some People, Which Sucks”

Jack Rogers
Jack Rogers 9 June 2018 at 15.00

"...but if they really listen to it they will realise it’s the same miserable lyrics and same chord progressions."

Following the announcement of the new Deaf Havana album 'Rituals' being set for release this coming August, we had a chat with frontman James Veck-Gilodi about the new direction, and what fans can expect moving in to this new era.

SO WHAT DOES ‘RITUALS’ REPRESENT?
I don’t know really. It’s weird. I came up with the name and the tracks before I came up with the songs. So I guess it represents a big long list of my horrendous rituals. I wanted it to be based around and represent all of the mad parts of my life from over the last 15 years. You could say that some of it is semi-fictional, but as a whole it’s a lot bolder than anything else we’ve done before. I only had one song written at the end of last year so this has all been written in a very quick time. It feels as though a lot of it has been in me the whole time; like this pre-conceived idea.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE A NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR DEAF HAVANA?
People are going to think that I’ve sat down and gone ‘what’s next? What’s going to make people care about our band?’ I’ve never been about that. It’s definitely a natural progression for me. ‘All These Countless Nights’, as much as I love it and am proud of it, really isn’t the music that I listen to. I wrote that record with our old fans in mind because it had been such a long time and after ‘Old Souls’ didn’t go down too well I thought that it had to sound a bit more like ‘Fools And Worthless Liars’. In that time my music taste has changed so much. The music I listen to now is basically pop music. I’ve always applied the pop theory to the way that I write music, so in terms of that it’s a logical progression. In terms of sound it’s not a logical progression. This is basically me going ‘I’m going to do what I want now’.

IT’S ALMOST LIKE YOU’VE EARNED THE RIGHT TO DO WHAT YOU WANT NOW.
I hope so. ‘All These Countless Nights’ was the right thing to do 100%. Now though, I want to make music that I want to play live, that I want to listen to and that I’ve been wanting to make for the best part of 10 years.

‘SINNER’ IS THE FIRST TASTE OF THE RECORD THAT YOU’VE OFFERED. WHY THIS SONG?
‘Sinner’ was one of the first songs that I wrote for the record so a lot of it has something to do with that. There’s also that fact that it’s quite poppy but it’s not the poppiest song on the record. I wanted to release a song that showed where we are but people could still come around to it and see that there’s still the guitars and drums.

WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOUR INTENTIONS ARE GOING FORWARD?
I want to make people dance. I want to make people happy even though some of these songs are the darkest songs that I’ve ever written. I don’t think I really went in with any actual intentions though. I want to keep all our fans if we can. I know we are going to alienate some people, which sucks, but if they really listen to it they will realise it’s the same miserable lyrics and same chord progressions. I’d also love to appeal to new fans. It’s the same sort of shit that we always want to do. I want to go to new countries and I want to continue to grow. If that doesn’t happen, I guess it was one step too far. Essentially I’m going to enjoy playing these songs more than any other songs in the past. I’m not going to be one of the musicians who plays the same genre of music and writes the same record over and over again. I can’t keep playing emo-rock. I feel like I’m lying to myself. Something radical had to happen. This record needs to go better than anything we have ever done or it has to flop. I’m happy with both outcomes. We just needed a drastic change.

'Rituals' is set for release August 10 through SO Recordings. You can find out all the info here.
 

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