Houses ready to push boundaries

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Hands Like Houses are headed to Margaret River on the final leg of their massive national tour
Camera IconHands Like Houses are headed to Margaret River on the final leg of their massive national tour Credit: Busselton Dunsborough Times, Supplied

Post-hardcore band Hands Like Houses are proving themselves more than despairing and heavy, despite signing with American independent label Hopeless Records.

Their latest single, Through Glass, has been re-released with a new verse from Melbourne singer-songwriter Samsaruh pushing the track into the indie-pop realm.

The Canberra band have reimagined their sound and image since embracing the LA music scene while successfully maintaining their Australian authenticity.

Rhythm guitarist Alex Pearson said the band was not sure fans were ready to hear their evolution, but their workaholic nature meant the five-piece was always pushing boundaries.

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“We don’t really rest on our laurels,” he said.

“We’re always thinking of the next single or next album or next tour but Through Glass is one of our favourite songs on Anon and we thought the verse gave it new legs.”

Their 2016 hit Colourblind has reached more than 13 million streams on Spotify alone, and Pearson said the band’s meteoric rise from the hardcore scene in the nation’s capital to an international fan base was “pretty epic”.

“I knew from the get-go that the song was going to be huge, from the riff to the lyrics, and it opened a lot of doors for us which we are super-grateful for,” he said.

Pearson said the band had never shied away from emotionally traumatic lyrical content with 2015’s Division Symbols addressing the painful loneliness of being stuck in a malignant relationship.

“Let me count the ways you kill me — it’s just a great line and it’s important for a song’s lyric to suit the theme, that one hit the nail on the head,” he said.

Ironically, one of Hands Like Houses’ most popular songs online is a cover of 90s pop classic Torn by Natalie Imbruglia, which catapulted the band into mainstream.

They followed that release with two huge albums, Dissonants and Anon, where the band developed the indie edge that saw them pick up regular plays on Triple J for hit single Monster.

“That song is about the sense of having a monster inside and wanting to uncage it, the internal turmoil people sometimes feel,” Pearson said.

Hands Like Houses will tour internationally in 2020 as part of the heavy rock Download Festival, but not before a gig in the Capes next week.

Show goers could be in for a treat, with Pearson admitting the band has new music ready to be released.

Hands Like Houses start the WA leg of their national tour on Thursday night at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River.

Tickets are $35 via Oztix.

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