Deaf Havana on their reworked album ‘All These Countless Nights’

Izzy Tomkins chatted to Tom Ogden, the drummer in Deaf Havana, about the reworked version of their album 'All These Countless Nights' and reflected on their career so far...

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Where are some of your favourite places to perform in the UK and abroad?

Tom: We had a good time playing a show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London a few years ago. Australia is always really good too. I really enjoyed Japan as well when we went there.

The reworked version of your album ‘All These Countless Nights’ came out a few weeks ago, what inspired you to rework this album? And what were some of the hardest songs to re-work?

T: We wanted to re-release the record but we wanted to put a bit more effort into it, rather than pissing people off. I’d probably say ‘Like a Ghost’ was the hardest to re-work because it’s really weird… we took inspiration from Björk for that one. It was James and Adam who produced the record really, I only came in for the drums for a couple of days, but it was the hardest one for me to get my head around.

After this release, are you planning to release another record of new material in the near future?

Tom: Yeah, we’ve started writing demos and stuff for it now, hopefully it won’t be as long as the gap between ‘Old Souls’ and this record. I’m hoping it will be ready for next year…

Your sound has got gradually ‘softer’ over the last few years, is there any reason for this?

Tom: Not really, we’ve just kind of changed as we’ve grown up. None of us listen to heavy music anymore, not like we did when we were 18.

Who has inspired you recently then?

Tom: I’d say like Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, quite old-ish rock bands really, rather than the music we used to listen to. It keeps things interesting anyway, who wants to listen to the same album over and over again?

Could we see you potentially going back towards a heavier direction in the future?

Tom: I don’t think so, we like to stay fresh. Once we’ve done one thing, we like to move on to the next thing.

In your song ‘Anaemophobia’, you address the negative emotions we all go through in our lives, do you have advice for fans going through these feelings and mental health struggles?

Tom: It’s just about finding about a way to deal with it. James was going through some trouble and he felt like writing was the only way to deal with it, but he seems to be in a good place at the moment. It can help to find something creative to keep your brain occupied.

Finally, have you got any advice for young musicians?

Tom: I’d just say if you enjoy it, keep doing it, that’s what I did. I fell into a group where we all had the same kind of aspirations, we all wanted the same things at the same time and it worked out. You’ll find yourself in some strange situations and it might be one that starts your path, like it did for me.

 

‘All These Countless Nights (Reworked)’ is out now!