Hands Like Houses are a fresh and explosive 6 piece from Canberra, Australia. With a rapidly expanding international fanbase, the band has captivated audiences with their electric blend of technical, effects- heavy songwriting with post-hardcore passion and stage presence. Driven by rich lyricism and melodic, emotive vocals in the vein of Emarosa and The Getaway Plan, the band presents a complex and finely crafted mix of guitar and electronics, drawing from a broad range of influence including Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens and Closure in Moscow.
The closing of 2011 saw the band sign to the respected record label Rise
Records, with their highly anticipated debut album ʻGround Dwellerʼ
subsequently announced to be released worldwide on March 13th.
HLH traveled to the USA in 2010 and 2011 to record ʻGround Dwellerʼ with Cameron Mizell of Chango Studios (Woe, Is Me, Sleeping With Sirens,
Memphis May Fire). The subsequent single releases, 'This Ain't No Place For Animals', and ‘Lion Skin (feat. Tyler Carter and Jonny Craig)' earned the band over 5,000 independent single sales via iTunes during 2011, and their most recent single ʻAntarcticaʼ, released on YouTube through Rise Records, amassed almost 200,000 views in its first month. This, along with the band's self-produced acoustic versions of 'Lion Skin,' ‘The Sower’, and other tracks off ʻGround Dwellerʼ, their YouTube channels have seen over a million views, growing daily. Boasting a dedicated and fast-growing international fanbase, built through years of personally managing their social networks and independent promotion and touring, Hands Like Houses released their hotly anticipated debut album ʻGround Dwellerʼ on March 13th worldwide through Rise Records. Buoyed by exceptional online hype and pre-order numbers for a debut release, the record broke into the US Billboard Heatseekers and Top 200 charts at #2 and #140 respectively in itsʼ first week, and is well on track to move over 10,000 copies in the US alone within 4 months of the release.
To date, the band has supported a number of notable acts from Australia and around the world, including The Getup Kids (USA), As Tall As Lions (USA), The Getaway Plan (AUS), Dream On Dreamer (AUS), Hopes Die Last (ITA) and Tonight Alive (AUS). Their 2011 touring schedule saw the band play 50+ shows across Australia and Europe, impressing audiences with a sound and stage presence beyond their standing. 2012 has already seen Hands Like Houses add to their list of local, national and international supports, beginning with Pushover Festival in Melbourne Australia in support of Parkway Drive, Tonight Alive, 360 and others, and continuing onto the USA on the Rise Records Freshman Tour. In addition, the band will be supporting Pierce The Veilʼs Fall headlining national tour with Sleeping With Sirens.
Trenton Todd Woodley