Playlist: Deaf Havana

Brit-rockers deliver a 10-track tour bus mix…
Deaf Havana

Hard-touring, hard-rocking (and kinda power-poppin’) sorts Deaf Havana, whose new album ‘Old Souls’ is set for release on September 16th via BMG, are no strangers to the inside of tour buses, and road views so very far from home.

Clash asked the Norfolk-formed sextet to compile us a nomad-life Playlist. No, we don’t really know what that was meant to mean, either. But, being the clever chaps they clearly are, Deaf Havana did send us something. Thanks, gents!

Their playlist – as selected by band members James (lead vocals, guitar), Matt (rhythm guitar) and Tom (drums) – begins just after this here video for ‘Old Souls’ track ‘Mildred (Lost A Friend)’.


Deaf Havana, ‘Mildred (Lost A Friend)’

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David Bowie – Let’s Dance (1983)

“This is the perfect song to listen to just before leaving the tour bus to go out and have a few drinks and a dance somewhere. I’m not sure there is a better song to have a dance to – it’s the perfect way to warm up for a night out!”

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Kings Of Leon – ‘Pyro’ (2010)

“There is nothing better when absolutely shattered on the bus to sit down with a beer and just relax to the hypnotic rhythm of this song… to lose yourself in the guitars and just wish that your voice sounded half as gruff and manly as Caleb Followill’s does!”

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Fleet Foxes – ‘White Winter Hymnal’ (2008)

“I’m not sure if there is a better song to wake up to when feeling a little worse for wear than this beauty by Fleet Foxes. It’s definitely the song to ease into the day with, with a coffee, whilst nursing a sore head! There’s not a lot in music more soothing than their brilliant vocal harmonies, perfectly showcased in this song.”

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Stereophonics – ‘Dakota’ (2005)

“This is a fantastic driving song wherever you are – the rhythm and the intensity seem just perfect for travelling along the wide open roads of America. Of course there is also the chorus – one that is almost impossible not to sing along to. That’s definitely the cause of at least a few of us getting sore throats!”

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Nine Inch Nails – ‘Every Day Is Exactly The Same’ (2006)

“Nine Inch Nails are one of my favourite bands ever! But this song perfectly conveys the sometimes very tiring and repetitive nature of touring and strenuous travelling – and nowhere is that more the case than in the US. As a result this often gets a play when we're feeling tired and a bit grumpy!”

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Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ (1984)

“Touring the US, this is the first song to get played, at a considerably high decibel level. I know that the song itself sounds very patriotic, but lyrically it’s the opposite. But that still would not stop us blasting this fine tune out.”

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Noah Gundersen – ‘Family’ (2011)

“I love this song because it’s so chilled. There are times, on the road, when you just want to have some time alone. When that time comes, my mate Noah helps me through.”

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Bon Iver – ‘Towers’ (2011)

“Sleeping on the bus is one of the hardest things about touring, but Bon Iver makes it so much easier. His voice is so soothing – it just helps me drift off.”

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Fleetwood Mac – ‘Go Your Own Way’ (1977)

“Wherever you are, and no matter how down you are, put this tune on and it’s guaranteed to make you appreciate everything.”

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Johnny Cash – ‘Hurt’ (2003)

“Mr Cash has one of my favourite singing voices. On the way to Australia I listened to the entire JC back catalogue. This cover of Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Hurt’ does something to me. I think I might be in love with the late, great, Johnny Cash.”

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Find further Playlist features here.

Deaf Havana’s ‘Old Souls’ is released on September 16th. Find the band online here

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