Friday, 6 April 2012



Two years in the making, FAWL sees the highly-anticipated return of Norfolk rockers Deaf Havana. Originally a quintet for debut album “Meet Me Halfway, At Least”, lead vocalist Ryan Mellor left the band in 2010, and the remaining members decided to remain a quartet. Initially a post-hardcore group, Mellor's departure marked a change in direction to a sound somewhat more influenced by pop-rock, and FAWL is a very enjoyable album that is, at the same time, very personal.
Each of the album's 13 tracks are lyrically deep, all dealing with different things from addictions to loss and regret, but remains musically upbeat and optimistic. Tracks such as “Little White Lies” and lead single “I'm A Bore, Mostly”are carried along by lilting guitar lines, and all of the tracks showcase the strong vocal skills of singer James Veck-Gilodi, who has free rein over all the vocal duties. “Hunstanton Pier” is another of the record's highlights, an initially quiet affair that gathers pace into a strong track.
All in all, this is a powerful and positive album from one of the country's best upcoming bands, sure to go down a treat in a live scenario. An excellent effort.

COPYRIGHT Thomas Castle, November 2011

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