"It made us feel like a proper band," James says. "It stepped away from that emo-y world; there were a lot more layers to it and the songwriting was much more mature."
"It all came from me needing to discover myself, find my feet and realise who I am," James says. "I'm trying to be a real person. I didn't really feel like one before."
He explains that despite the success of Old Souls there were financial and communication problems behind the scenes.
"I was very close to quitting. Basically, I didn't want to be in the band anymore."
He originally planned to use the group's 2014 Reading & Leeds performance to pay off the band's debts and act as its swansong. But the festival reminded him how much he, and Deaf Havana's fans, enjoyed his band, resulting in a burst of inspired songwriting for All These Countless Nights.
"This album needs to take us to a higher level," says James. "Not necessarily in terms of chart positions, because I don't care about that. I just can't wait for people to hear the album. We appreciate the fact that everyone's waited this out with us. It's going to be great."