My first ever photo pass at Rock City was for a sold out show by a rock band called Deaf Havana. They were promoting the release of their album: All These Countless Nights (Reworked) back in 2017. Two years later, DH are back at Rock City promoting yet another album: Rituals.
This time around they were supported by up and coming pop-punk band Hot Milk and Scottish rock/rap trio The LaFontaines.
Hot Milk are an emo/pop-punk four-piece, fresh out of Manchester. Already they are sounding massive and really know how to get a room moving. They have just finished a successful tour with You Me At Six and have many more shows coming up.
Next up were The LaFontaines, one of my new favourite bands! I didn’t know what to expect because I'd only listened to one or two of their songs previous to the show, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Some of the lyrics are quite deep when you listen to them closely but it’s tricky to concentrate on lyrics when the lead vocalist is running around the entire venue! It’s always fun when a band member ends up in the crowd.
Regardless of how deep the lyrics might be the two vocalists are outstanding especially when backed by a talented guitarist. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.
Finally, we get to Deaf Havana, who I'm sad to report disappointed me this time around. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely not the worst live performance from a band I've seen, but it wasn’t the best either. For the entire show I was comparing them to last time and they just weren’t as good. I’m not sure whether it was the somewhat dull crowd or whether they were just having an off day.
Deaf Havana’s new album has veered more towards a pop style of music as opposed to their original rock sound. It’s still incredibly good but has divided the fans a little bit which could be a contributing factor as to why the crowd was a bit boring, subsequently affecting the bands performance.
I’m not going to stop listening to them and I highly recommend you check them out. I wouldn’t turn down another opportunity to see them live again either, to see if I’m right about them having one of those days.