In 2022, Deaf Havana released their hotly tipped album, The Present Is A Foreign Land. Spanning 12 tracks written and performed entirely by brothers James and Matty Veck-Gilodi, the album explores themes such as imposter syndrome, conquering arduous life obstacles and self-discovery. These include previously released singles Nevermind, On The Wire, Kids and Going Clear.
Back in 2020, Deaf Havana were ready to go their separate ways after a decade together, but then the pandemic hit and they had no choice but to stop. Despite the band making the tough decision to call it a day, Matty continued to write songs and it was this that brought him and his brother James back together after a turbulent few months. The two-piece decided to continue as Deaf Havana and holed themselves up in a studio in Hastings with producer Mike Horner (Hot Chip, Jess Glynne, YONAKA and more). The result was The Present Is A Foreign Land; a mature and accomplished body of work.
After headlining the Rock Sound stage at Slam Dunk Festival in 2022, the band played a string of instore shows to celebrate the album release before heading out on a 5 date UK tour, including the iconic Roundhouse in London. Deaf Havana have risen through the ranks during their time as a band, earning themselves coveted accolades including three Top 10 albums in the Official Charts with Rituals, All These Countless Nights, and Old Souls.