DEAF HAVANA, plus DJs Aaron Axelsen and DJ Dials

Thursday 1/30

9:30 pm


This event is 18 and over

1989-1991: Downpatrick, Co. Down, N. Ireland Starting high school Timothy James Arthur Wheeler and Mark Alexander Hamilton meet at the age of 12. They are rubbish at football. Turning to music they set out on an excellent adventure, but gain reputation locally as the worst band in County Down as guitarist and bassist in Iron Maiden wannabes Vietnam.

1992: With grunge hitting its peak Vietnam split. Stuck for a drummer they recruit cowboy booted church sticksmith Richard Wilson McMurray aged 16. Picking the first short word they like in the dictionary, ASH is born.

Inspired by Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Pixies and local punk rock gurus Lazergun Nun our teenage heroes play most weekends at dives in Belfast and Downpatrick, changing their reputation into a super-teen punk pop machine.

1995: After leaving school in June and embarking on a sold out riot around the UK, Ash's debut album Girl From Mars crashes into the UK Top 20, and establishes Wheeler as a writer of truly great pop tunes. At home the parents watch in disbelief as their sons appear on BBC institution, Top Of The Pops. The band sign to Warner Records in the US and NASA uses Girl From Mars as hold music on their phone systems!

2015: Blazing out of the blocks with two and half minutes of pure power pop, Ash made their traditional 'Ash Wednesday' return with Cocoon, the first single from their new studio album Kablammo!. Coming eight years after Twilight Of The Innocents, the album Ash vowed would be their last, the band return with renewed enthusiasm for playing together which is writ large over the album's 12 tracks, the 'in your face' quality" which has made Ash one of the UK's best -loved bands. Ash will showcase songs from Kablammo at dates and festivals around the UK and Ireland this summer.
When James Veck-Gilodi talks of his time in Deaf Havana, it's easy to forget that he is just 23. His band has sold out Shepherds Bush Empire and played to huge crowds at Sonisphere, Slam Dunk and Reading and Leeds – at Reading last year, they pulled the largest crowd in the festival's history for an opening act on the main stage. In June, they will support Bruce Springsteen at London's Olympic Park.

Along the way, Deaf Havana has grown from a school band formed purely for fun to leading lights of the UK's rock underground to a sextet with their eyes fixed firmly on the charts. Out September 16th, the band's second major release, 'Old Souls', is packed with songs that are as pop as they are rock. Strings soar on almost every song, electric guitars are joined by lap steel, mandolin and banjo and there's even a gospel singer.

Deaf Havana, however, haven't gone soft. As the band has got bigger (both commercially speaking and size-wise – two new members have joined in the past year), so has their sound. 'Old Souls' lead single, 'Boston Square', which impacts July 1st, explodes from the speakers with pounding drums and a riff that tips its hat to The Who. By the time the gritty vocal kicks in, you're there with a sea of bouncing bodies and air-punching fists.
Venue Information:
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA, 94102