Deaf Havana @ The Roundhouse, London

25th October 2013
Review & Photography by Corinne Cumming
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As I walk up through Camden High Street, my view is of a queue of hyperactive teens as far as the eye can see, and as doors open, the swarm begins to flood through the infamous glass doors of The Roundhouse where Big Sixes, Charlie Simpson and Deaf Havana will be gracing the stage.

First up are the super cute and super cheeky Big Sixes.

BigSixes
Relatively unknown with an interesting bluesy twist on the traditional folk- rock genre.

Big Sixes
Big Sixes

They actually seem to have a large number of fans within the audience tonight, singing word for word alongside their vocal harmonies which I must say are consistently on point throughout their entire set.

Big Sixes
Big Sixes

Songs like ‘Swallowing Flies’ and ‘The Hunter’ really prove how much this band deserves to be on a bill of this calibre.

Now, next up is my personal favourite (and believe it or not, my Mamma’s), Charlie Simpson.

Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson

Oh yes, this former Busted boy can crash my wedding any day, I’ll be his Air Hostess, He’s what I go to Deaf Havana for… Okay I think that’s enough of the Busted puns, but seriously, with those trademark bushy eyebrows and a voice that melts the heart of any woman, how can a girl resist?

Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson

After playing his biggest bangers ‘Parachute’, ‘Thorns’ and ‘Farmer and His Gun’ he proceeds to play two new songs (that I didn’t quite catch the name of due to his beautiful face hypnotising me) which were just as good as those on his previous album ‘Young Pilgrim’.

Apart from some dodgy harmonica playing, his set goes off without a hitch and ends in the hysteria of teenage girls swooning over this Loser Kid (I promise that’s the last one).

Charlie Simpson
Charlie Simpson

On to the stage comes a very familiar looking guitar tech, with suspiciously large 80’s hair, James Veck-Gilodi, all you can hear is the high pitched screams of pre-pubescent girls alongside the classic hip hop tunes of R-Kelly.

By the time Deaf Havana takes the stage The Roundhouse is vibrating with anticipation, and as they launch into their single ‘Boston Square’ from their new album ‘Old Souls’ that anticipation explodes into pure energy.

Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana

The energy doesn’t let up as they play their big hits including ‘Little White Lies’, ‘Leeches’, ‘I’m a bore mostly’ and ‘Mildred’.

Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana

As someone who has been a fan since the beginning, you can see and hear how much the band has matured since the departure of Ryan Mellor.

Deaf Havana
Deaf Havana

I hope that they will continue to grow and make amazing music, as one of the UK’s best home-grown bands.
The guys played great tonight, their energy was high and the fans loved it!

A great night!!

 

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