Australian rock favourites Hands Like Houses have released their self-titled EP. Featuring singles Space, The Water and Dangerous, the release finds the five-piece at their most emotionally gritty and uninhibited to date.
In the lead up to the release, the band have kept busy with performances for triple j‘s acclaimed Like A Version segment (check out the huge cover of Fuel’s Shimmer here), an exclusive set for Triple M‘s Garage Sessions (alongside the likes of DMAs, Eskimo Joe, Kingswood, Paul Dempsey and more) and knockout livestreams of their own. With imminent Australian live dates in the pipeline to celebrate the EP, fans are encouraged to sign up here to be the first to know when they’re announced.
Meanwhile in the lead up to the release, 2018 single Monster and EP single Dangerous were handpicked to soundtrack the 2020 NRL and AFL finals series respectively, with exclusive performances airing across finals matches, awards and talk shows across the Fox League and Fox Footy networks throughout October.
Capturing a certain nervous yet resolute energy akin to the rest of the EP, HLH vocalist Trenton Woodley explains how Dangerous in particular came about:
“Something about this song has always been uncomfortable for me – when we started, ‘Dangerous’ was meant to be playful, confident, even arrogant – but as it came together, it felt like a reflection on frustration and losing control when all your confidence falls apart.
“Ultimately it’s about feeling pretty dangerous and really being afraid of exploding…. almost like a tension bottling up and thinking ‘get out of my way’.”
Themes of collisions, resolutions, communication and expression heavily inform the ‘Hands Like Houses’ EP. From the emotional and spatial claustrophobia heard on Space and Trenton’s personal reconciliation on Wired, to the palpable strut of Stranger, Hands Like Houses inject a refreshing confidence and vulnerability to their latest release.
Having spent over a decade defying expectations and challenging boundaries, the band have risen to become one of the country’s most acclaimed modern rock exports. With ARIA success, a triple j feature album, multiple sold out tours and legions of global fans under their belt, the band poised themselves to break even further ground with the release of their self-titled EP, out now via UNFD.
“Following 12 years of making larger-than-life records, Hands Like Houses gain another inch towards the place most critics see them landing — on a stadium stage. 4/5.”
Rolling Stone Australia
“Thoughtful and high-energy…this EP, along with all their music, consistently shows the band’s clearest strengths: Trenton Woodley’s vocals, and the band’s songwriting.”
“[Alongside a] thumping instrumental backing, Woodley’s vocals pack an emotive punch that we can only imagine will be going down a treat when live music returns.”
Life Without Andy
“Straight-up rock anthems.”
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