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Deaf Havana return as a duo

By | Published on Friday 26 November 2021

Deaf Havana

Deaf Havana have announced that they are now a duo, with bassist Lee Wilson and drummer Tom Ogden no longer part of the group. Brothers James and Matthew Veck-Gilodi will continue on without replacing their former bandmates.

In a post on Facebook, they explained that they came close to ending the band entirely, but have instead opted to move “in a different direction”.

“Early last year we were all ready to head our separate ways and call it quits”, write the Veck-Gilodis. “We’d had an incredible journey, but like all the best journeys it felt like it was time for it to end. Then the pandemic hit and we had no choice but to stop”.

“Then, more through circumstance than design, the two of us found ourselves writing songs together again”, they go on. “As we got deeper into the music, and had time to re-evaluate what was important to us, it became clear that these songs had a real, cathartic impact on our relationship as brothers. We thought about starting something new as a duo, but they just felt like Deaf Havana songs. We didn’t want the journey to end, it was time for it to go in a different direction”.

“There is definitely some sadness at the fact we’re not all together anymore”, they say of the departure of Wilson and Ogden. “It’s been a long, incredible and sometimes difficult journey, but we did it together and sometimes that was the only thing that would get us through. We would like to thank our brothers and day one bandmates, Tom and Lee, for slogging it out with us up until this point. We wish them and their families all the best and every success for the future”.

Deaf Havana released their last album, ‘Rituals’, in 2018, and have not performed live since November 2019. No indication has been given for when the now duo’s new music will arrive.