Hands Announce April Echo Residency; Debut Album Synesthesia Out April 30 On Kill Rock Stars

By on March 25, 2013


Hot on the heels of a successful trip to SXSW, where ABC News included the quartet in their feature on “7 Emerging Artists On The Rise” Hands is pleased to announce their April Residency at Los Angeles’ The Echo. The band will be playing shows in support of their debut full length, Synesthesia, due April 30 via Kill Rock Stars. The residency is presented by 98.7 FM and will take place every Monday in April. Additionally the band just released a remix of White Arrows’ “Roll Forever.” You can listen to the track at BuzzbandsLA or via SoundCloud. Synesthesia is now available for pre-order. All upcoming shows are listed below.


Hands makes music like a rip tide, swirling in overlapping loops and riffs, slowly enveloping you. The group’s members – Geoff Halliday, Ryan Sweeney, Sean Hess and Alex Staniloff – craft their hypnotic sound from a single dropping note that builds into a reverberating roar that crashes over you like a wave. It’s a mesmerizing trick that they pull off on their debut LP, Synesthesia. Songs like “Videolove” and “Trouble” show Hands’ innate ability to blend instruments and electronics into a deep texture that moves ethereally through genres. Hands moves from rock to synth-pop to skyrocketing stadium anthem, often within the same song. The interplay of Sweeney’s esoteric guitar riffs, Hess’ technical tempos, Staniloff’s thumping bass and Halliday’s soaring vocals and affected keyboards help Hands build a dynamic atmosphere, where a lesser band would only manage empty atmospherics.


A relative newcomer to the LA scene, Hands began as a two-piece from Philadelphia before Halliday and Sweeney headed west and added the low and thump of Hess and Staniloff. The band made a mark on the scene immediately, quickly playing packed shows across the country including stops at SXSW, CMJ and Deluna Fest, headlining Echo Park Rising, sessions with Daytrotter, and a west coast jaunt with Maps and Atlases. Hands’ ability to win over fans with their feverish live show and dance-party-ready sound has already earned them opening spots for the likes of Deerhoof, DeVotchKa, Foster the People and Kimbra as well as playing shows to sold out crowds at venues across LA.


For now, Hands’ graceful and danceable indie rock is still under the radar, as evidenced by their spot in TIME Magazine’s 11 Bands You Don’t Know (But Should) List, but they are quickly rising to the surface, bringing their melodies and thumping beats with them. Over the past year, Hands has built a devoted following for their evolving palette of sounds, soaring melodies, and complex looping song structures. With overwhelming responses to first listens of the record and Hands hitting the road for most of 2013, surely this is the year that Hands will start to make waves. 




April 1 @ The Echo

9pm The Chances

10pm Mayan Jefferson

11pm Hands

12pm DJ Set by Aaron Castle


April 8 @ The Echoplex

DJ Sets by Paul Tao/IAMSound

9pm LA Font

10pm Cuckoo Chaos

11pm Hands

12pm Touche’


April 15 @ The Echo

9pm Hott MT

10pm Casual Knowledge

11pm Hands

12pm DJ Set by 98.7’s JJ Corsini    


April 22 co-presented by BUZZBANDSLA @ The Echo

DJ Sets by Buzzbands LA

9pm Body Parts

10pm Caught a Ghost

11pm Hands

12pm KCRW DJ Valida  


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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.