Australia’s Hands Like Houses are proud to announce their first headline tour of the UK this April in association with Rockstar Energy Drink. Having previous toured with Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce The Veil and more, the band are set to take the stage in 10 cities across the UK and Ireland.
We can't wait to see these guys live again, so to see where you can catch the tour and find out what happened when we first met the guys on the Sleeping With Sirens FEEL tour click below...
We caught up with Hands Like Houses late last year when they were over here on tour with Sleeping With Sirens...
You released the album during Warped Tour. We spoke to Blessthefall recently and they released a single/album on Warped and said they felt it was the perfect run up to release. How did you find that?
ALEX [Pearson, guitar]- Yeah, it was such good preparation. We had a single out before Warped and it was great to see people singing along to that and as soon as we released the album the crowds started growing.
TRENTON [Woodley, vocals]- Absolutely. The pressure was kind of broken up into two parts. Everyone loves the first impression they have of a band, from the first album, and that in itself has an emotional response that you won’t get from any subsequent album, so I guess you try to exceed expectations in that sense. But, also we had time pressure because we’d had a busy schedule. The first album we had two years to pour into writing and being meticulous, but with this one we had to trust our abilities which was a big thing that came out of it. I hope that we can take the best of both worlds into album three down the track.
It feels like you’ve found your sound and ‘Unimaginable’ is more focused…
ALEX- Yeah, the one thing that we knew was that we didn’t want it to be so all over the place, but without losing the elements to got us to where we were.
With six of you in the band as well, trying to get that balance and please everyone is hard I bet. Did prouducer James Wisner help that?
TRENTON- I think so, yeah. He helped lock down those few little things that we’ve got used to as a band, aspects of our sound that we know and that we might miss. He really helped lock together the way that we had it.
ALEX- He’d be really stern about it; we’d want to keep in all the parts and he’d be like, “Nope”. But then you hear the album and it makes sense.
Australia is doing really well exporting bands at the minute; yourselves, Tonight Alive, Dead Letter Circus to name a few. Is there something in the water in Australia?
JOEL [Tyrrell, bass]- [Laughing] I feel like it’s weird because like you say so many Australian bands go out and tour everywhere. But over there it’s either indie music or really heavy music and if you play anything in the middle, unless you’re a really big band, it’s hard.
TRENTON- People over there have this mentality that Australian bands can’t be as good as international bands so they don’t go out and check out local music. A lot of bands do try get out there overseas and then come back to Australia when they’re more well known. Bands that do tour Australia first and then get out there work their arses off in Australia for years and then break out.
What bands have you been checking out recently?
JOEL- Don Broco. The Broco Walk is incredible. We’re obsessed with that band.
ALEX- We play their new song [‘You Wanna Know’] before we go on stage. Tell them so we can tour with them [laughing]. They just seem like straight lads, I’d love it.
JOEL- Another UK band, Deaf Havana, we love their new album.TRENTON- I haven’t gotten into a bunch of new American bands recently, just because there haven’t really been many stand-out American bands. I think the American scene is changing over from heavy stuff to more rock stuff, and they’re not quite there yet. I think the UK and Australia are a lot more forward thinking musically. Tonight Alive though, they’re great. Obviously we’re a bit biased because they’re good friends of ours, but we’re loving the hell out of their new album.
FULL interview & live review HERE