Los Angeles-based Hands’ are set to release their debut full-length album Synesthesia on April 30 via Kill Rock Stars. In anticipation of the album, Nylon is running an album stream a week before the release. The album is also streaming in full on Spotify. Earlier this week, Stereogum premiered the band’s remix of Passion Pit’s “It’s Not My Fault.” Hot on the heels of their sold out April Residency at Los Angeles’ The Echo, Hands will be performing on Thursday at The Echoplex as direct support for Wavves as part of the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles. Hands also announced a summer tour, which will make stops in major cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and more.
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. Stereogum recently said, “If you’re a fan of Hot Chip or Tanlines, this is your band to follow in 2013.” 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 Synesthesia and radio adds to tastemaker stations such as KEXP, The Current and SIRIUS XM ALT NATION, this is the year that Hands will start to make waves.
Hands Tour Dates
04.25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex (with Wavves, Incan Abrham, Hot MT)
05.19 – San Diego, CA @ The Soda Bar
05.20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Sail Inn
05.21 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
05.23 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05.24 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Jr
05.25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
05.28 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05.29 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
05.30 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06.01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
06.02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
06.03 – New York, NY @ Pianos
06.04 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
06.05 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
06.06 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
06.07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 6119 Penn Avenue
06.08 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
06.09 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
06.11 – Minneapolis, MN @ The 7th Street Entry
06.12 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
06.14 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
06.15 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
06.17 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
06.19 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
06.21 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
06.22 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
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