caught up with Tom Ogden and Lee Wilson from Deaf
Havana before their headline show in Birmingham
to talk about their current tour, playing shows
at train stations and much more.
released your album “Fools and Worthless
Liars” late last year, how has it gone down
with the fans and press?
Tom: Surprisingly well. We were worried that people
wouldn’t like us anymore but it seems like
everyone that liked us before still does.
Lee: The only problem was that we had to adapt
to just James singing but it just seemed to work
and the fans liked it
themes and stories do you cover within the album?
Lee: It’s basically about our singer James
and what he went through. It wasn’t a
tough time but he was like “why am I doing
this”. He was living in London and I think
struggling a bit with being a frontman and having
lots of pressure on him.
are currently starting a massive UK and European
tour with The Swellers, what can people who have
never seen you before expect from your live shows?
Tom: It’s a lot more chilled. We are playing
some rock songs obviously there’s some
acoustic ones in there and one on the banjo.
Lee: We’re mixing it up a bit and trying
to do something a bit different.
Tom: We kind of went with the idea of what would
we want to see from a gig. It’s basically
a few types of music mixed into one.
are getting bigger and bigger, with your singles
being played on Radio 1 and with sell out dates
on this tour, is it a little daunting or you taking
it in your stride?
Tom: This tour was a bit of a shocker (laughter).
The first show sold out in like a week and then
the rest started to go and now they’re
all pretty much gone. I mean we’ve been
Lee: It’s overwhelming really.
are playing a few festivals this summer, with
Hit The Deck this weekend, Banquets Big Day out,
Hevy Festival and most importantly you’re
playing the main stage at Leeds and Reading, how
do you feel about playing these shows?
Tom: Reading and Leeds was the one (Laughter).
When you’re a kid you always want to play
Lee: It’s nice to see that we’re
playing higher and higher on the stages. We’re
use to playing on smaller stages or opening
to it’s nice to see that we’re getting
recently played the Station Sessions, at St Pancras
Station in London, how did this come about and
how was it playing this intimate show?
Lee: I think our manager sorted it out for us.
Tom: It was good because is gave us a chance
to do something that we don’t normally
do. It was more like a lounge session than a
gig but it was really good, we enjoyed it.
Lee: It was nice to play to people who were
just walking by, to catch their ears and see
them stop and listen to our music.
Tom: We’d like to do a tour of smaller
venues with brushes and acoustic guitars but
if that will happen or not I don’t know.
seem to be constantly on the road, is it hard
being away from home all the time?
Tom: Yeah it is. We haven’t been that
busy up until today but now we’re on the
road for a full month. We definitely get home
Lee: Trouble is when you’re on the road
you miss home and when you’re at home
you miss the road so you can’t win either
would you say your biggest high and low points
as a band have been so far?
Tom: The high point for me was the whole Reading
thing, I was like “wow” (laughter).
It’ll be even better when we actually
play there but we’ll probably be cacking
Lee: When Ryan left and James wasn’t entirely
happy with everything and we were wondering
if we should just jack everything in; that was
Tom: But then we wrote this album and thought
it was wicked. The whole transition period was
really hard but it’s made us what we are
your opinion on the whole anti-piracy laws going
on at the moment and how it will affect the music
Lee: I don’t mind people illegally downloading
but if they like it then they should buy it
rather than just downloading it and keeping
it. We put a lot of effort into this and it’s
really hard to put in this effort for someone
just to go along and not buy it even if they
do like it. I understand that you need to hear
it first but if you do like it then you should
do you hope to see Deaf Havana in a year’s
Tom: Headlining Reading (Laughter)
Lee: I don’t know, I guess we’ll
just take it as it comes
Tom: We didn’t expect to be here this
time last year so who knows. We could be doing
the big room or we could be doing nothing.
last random question that we ask every band, if
you could be an animal out of a zebra or Giraffe
which one would you be and why?
Tom: I think I look a bit like a giraffe anyway
Lee: I’d probably say a giraffe because
you’re less likely to be eaten
for your time is there a message for your fans
Lee: Thanks a lot; we wouldn’t be here
Interview by James Daly