Canberra band Hands Like Houses hit Fowler’s Live tonight for an all ages gig that will raise the roof. The post-hardcore band from our nation’s capital are currently touring their new album Unimagine and have just released an ‘alternative’ EP: Reimagine.
Reimagine was born from the six piece band locking themselves away in a house in Berridale in the Snowy Mountains to rebuild the songs from the ground up. Lead vocalist, Trenton Todd Woodley, from the band said the experience allowed them to fall in love with the songs again.
“This is the first EP that we’ve done and when we say that it’s an alternative recording it’s that we all went up to a house with no reception and minimal resources and facilities,” he said. “We redid our songs with new instrumentation and new rhythmic structures; even changing some of the melodies and feels just to explore some of the music we love outside this loud, heavy rock world we live in. It was great to fall in love with the songs all over again.”
Although the EP is an alternate recording of their existing music, Woodley prefers not to call it an ‘acoustic’ version because it’s much more than that for the band.
“We’ve done acoustic versions in the past but we don’t want to do it as a token thing. For us it was a creative venture; we love making music,” he said. “We’re not trying to be massive rock stars – I mean it would be helpful – but the thing we love most is writing, recording and playing the songs live. That’s what the band is about.”
Having just come back from a tour across UK and USA, the boys have been having some down time before their national tour, and then they head back overseas again. “The national tour finishes up in Perth and then we fly over to Singapore and Malaysia for a couple of days in October so that’s going to be awesome. And then we continue on to UK and Europe to play with Bury Tomorrow, In Hearts Wake and Slaves so we’re looking forward to that,” Woodley said.
But before that, Hands like Houses (who are named after a line from French film The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry), will rock Adelaide, which they are very much looking forward to.
“We’ve always had a great time in Adelaide. We played some good shows at Enigma Bar recently. Fowler’s is the first place we ever played in Adelaide as our old band. It’s a great venue. It’ll be great to do an all ages show as well,” Woodley said.
After all of that touring, they will be heading back to the studio to record a new album, which is set to be released mid 2015, but until then, Unimagine and Reimagine are available. Unimagine has been released to some rave reviews, with none so authoritative as the choice of album favourites from Woodley himself. “My favourites change all the time. Probably my top three are ‘A Fire on a Hill’, ‘Wisteria’ and ‘Introduced Species’. The latter because it’s so much fun to play live at the moment and it’s probably the heaviest and bounciest song on the album. Wisteria’ is my favourite creatively. Lyrically, it’s something very close to me and it’s from quite a difficult time but also musically it’s one of my favourites. ‘A Fire on a Hill’ is just a massive song and I love listening to it, if I can say that?” he laughed.
Hands Like Houses are playing at Fowler’s Live on 12 September. Tickets are available here.
Story by Libby Parker