We described the indie rock four-piece Hands
as "salty. They're not sugary, although they do make fun, easy melodies," when we premiered their track "Come To Know" last spring
One year later and we'd have to stand by that description. Just give their new track "I Want To Know" a listen and you'll hear it: from the yelping vocals to the angular guitar lines to loud-soft pattern song structure, this is classic Hands. "It actually started out much more subdued than it ended up," says singer/keyboardist Geoff Halliday. "We ended up ditching all the sampled drums and synths in lieu of a more live arrangement. I think we intrinsically knew that the album we were just about to record was going to involve a massive amount of electronics and programming, so it was pretty nice to work within a more constricted set of boundaries."
If you want to know why they now have two NYLON-premiered songs with the word "know" in the title, Halliday puts it this way: "The song title is supposed to be a bit of a universal question. I specifically wrote it about almost drowning in West Virginia when I was 17--never try swimming in white water rapids." He adds, "I was quite seriously sure I wouldn't make it out but I'm here and so is this song."
The track, which he describes as "sort of a sinister vibe," comes out next week as part of a 7-inch release through White Iris (they've also got their debut full length out at the end of April), but you can listen to it right now, only on NYLONmag.com. Just be prepared to not listen to much else; says Halliday, "Ideally you will be listening to this song on repeat 24/7 forever."
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS