Norfolk- based Alternative rockers Deaf Havana release their 3rd Studio album "Old Souls" today via BMG Rights Management (a testament to just how big of a deal they've become), and "Kings Road Ghosts" is a track that I heard previously via a Rock Sound sampler CD that I happened to pick up the other day.
Anyone who knows me will know that I've never been a fan of Deaf Havana, and musically this really isn't usually my cup of tea. However, "Kings Road Ghosts" stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. It's a beautifully orchestrated and melodic slice of Springsteen- esque rock and story telling that sees the band sound more mature than ever they have done in the past. It's instrumentally dense as its heavy chords are presided over by a distinctly Western twang, as well as a blue- collar piano inflection. Lyrically it taps into an emotion that many of us have felt and probably will feel as we transcend into the throws of adulthood. "This place isn't the same you see, and these streets don't feel like home to me" wails frontman James Veck- Gidolfi before asserting in the chorus "I miss the days when I knew I had a place." All of it crashes to an epic close with soaring keyboards lifting the song from it's country- punk allure slightly.