Released March 5th (available to pre-order on iTunes) ‘Leeches’ is the latest single from Norfolk based foursome Deaf Havana. Their music is a classic guitar heavy, angsty rock combo and they do this well. The guitar riffs are in your face and the lyrics are suitably whiny to commend themselves to teenage ears. It is what it is; but that is not necessarily a bad thing when you’re in the mood for a bit of moody jumping around this is definitely a good track. It has a good melody and catchy lyrics which have been picked up on by Fearne Cotton on Radio 1 who has made this track her current record of the week, having been around for a good while this will hopefully give them the exposure their hard work deserves.
They have a well refined sound and clearly do know how to write a good song. It is a really good fun tune to jump around to on a rainy day and the catchiness means it does have a chance at commercial success. However the question people are asking is do we need another teen-angst jumping around band filling the charts? Well if they are making good music as these guys do, I don’t really see why not. They may be a pretty generic rock band but since listening to the track I’ve had it going round and around my head all day and that can only be a good thing. So the track is available on March 5th and if you’re feeling like a wallowing angst moment, get it: you won’t be disappointed!
It’s a cold night in Aberdeen and I ventured to The Tunnels for the launch of Autumn In Disguise’s album release of What Makes Life Better. There was a really good vibe in the Tunnels and it becomes apparent that the majority of spectators at the gig were here for Autumn in Disguise; this becomes overwhelming clear after the swell of people surround the stage as soon as the main act take their positions. Despite the modest crowd, within minutes the crowd is clapping along, follwed by a moshpit taking over the floor; one of many that appear throughout their set.
A number of songs had the crowd singing along which did not go unnoticed by the band’s singer, Mike Hendo , who took time out between songs to thank fans for knowing their lyrics. All the songs were tight and the quality of their songs played live was fantastic; a rare compliment to give! The band interacted well on stage with each other and they really projected a brilliant and energetic presence regardless of The Tunnels’ small stage. What really stood out for me especially though, apart from the quality of the songs, was the crowd interaction they created by getting people involved in songs and showing they were making an effort. For me, this is the essence of a true band: Loving their music, and loving their fans.
Not only did the band do that, it was clear to see that they were having fun on stage and weren’t taking it too seriously which was represented perfectly by an incident in with the lead singer laughed when a crowd member told him to F*** Off. Even though it is very difficult to choose, my favourite song of the night would have to be ‘Let’s Call This A Home Run’ . They completely smashed it out of the park and it’s no surprise as they have toured with the likes of Deaf Havana, Four Year Strong, The Dangerous Summer, Francesqua, Yashin, Not Advised and A Loss for Words.
Autumn In Disguise are a five piece band hailing from Aberdeen. The band members are Mike Hendo (vocals), James Forbes (drums), Stephen Napier (guitar), David Gonnella (guitar) and Louis Craighead (bass). You can now download their album What Makes Life Better off itunes and Band Camp (www.autumnindisguise.bandcamp.com). If you want to check out any of their music, photos, follow them on twitter or find out tour dates you can visit their myspace page (www.myspace.com/autumnindisguise) or you can check them out on facebook (www.facebook.com/autumnindisguise).
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