When Hands Like Houses made their debut in 2012 with Ground Dweller on Rise Records, they immediately stood out. At the time, Rise’s roster of new signings was filled to the brim with dime-a-dozen metalcore bands that did little to distinguish their stereotypically angsty and melodramatic music from the then-dominant groups of the Warped Tour scene… or from each other. With their label dominated by so much sonic homogeny, it was downright refreshing to see Rise take a chance on an Australian sextet who flipped the script, crafting a progressive sound where sonic intricacy meshed with nuanced lyrical storytelling, a combination that could reach genuinely riveting heights.
Australian rock band Hands Like Houses have released a brand new song, “Overthinking”, off their upcoming record -Anon. The band’s 4th full-length, it’s the first new HLH material since 2017’s one-off single “Drift”, and upon first listen, feels very different than anything they’ve done previously.
With multiple Warped Tour runs and sold-out shows worldwide under their belts, -Anon follows up 2016’s Dissonants, which showed the band consolidating their songwriting into an effective album that made waves worldwide. Songs like the anthemic “Colourblind” have become live staples, and only cement Hands Like Houses’ dedication to making great songs with more hooks than a tackle box.
Benson, AZ easycore/pop-punk band Safe, So Simple have released their sophomore EP Too Close To Closure. The record’s title reflects the band’s state of mind during its creation.
“‘Too Close To Closure’ has the work of three sound engineers and spanned 16 months to complete,” says drummer Derek Ausseresses. “Needless to say, there were times we felt as though it would never happen. Furthermore, quitting would have been easier and cheaper. Despite it all, we continued to face adversity and adopted the attitude that we were just too close to give up. We’d worked too hard and sacrificed too much. We deserved that sense of closure.” Continue reading →
If their new single “New Romantics” is any indication, Hands Like Houses’ new album, Dissonants, is going to break the band wide open. They’re already embarking on a headlining tour with I The Mighty and Lower Than Atlantis in tow, and with strong albums like Ground Dweller and Unimagine in tow, one can only wonder just how good Dissonants is going to be. Check out the new song below, and don’t forget to share your thoughts!