‘Games’ – New single September 8th, album February…
Garage rockers, The Velvet Hands, are the ambitious, Stones x Strokes tinged quartet formed in 2015 at college. By 2016 they were buzzing, in 2017, they’re blowing up. They have released a string of standout DIY singles, backed up by blistering live sets starring two front men, Toby Mitchell and Dan Able, wrestling for the mic, driven by a move-making rhythm section; Sam Hilder (bass) and Louis Willbourne (drums).
There’s a tint of Hamburg era Beatles in their charismatic delivery and Carnaby Street swagger, in their effortlessly cool nature.
The Velvet Hands may be fresh out of the traps, but have already been compared to The Damned, The Stones and The Strokes, played shows with landmark live club, This Feeling, been the surprise hit at The Great Escape Festival, and earned a 60 second interview on the Steve Lamacq show and BBC London record of the week and interview with Gary Crowley.
‘Games’ is the second single from their debut album, ‘Party’s Over’, slated for release early in 2018 and follows ‘Sick Of Living’, their RSD17 7″ which not only virtually won Record Store Day, but was also featured on a national TV show, ‘Made In Chelsea’.
Left to right; Sam, Louis, Dan, Toby. Photo credit: Magda Magdalena Jakubik
Firing on all youthful cylinders, The Velvet Hands have art in their heart. Visually complimenting their anthems with collectable sleeves. The cubist punk ‘Sick Of Living’ video was inspired by David Hockney’s Polaroid collages. Their energy is making people sit up and take notice.
“Never mind the old bollocks. It’s time to pay attention to The Velvet Hands.” Rebel Noise.
“The Velvet Hands have returned with an incredible new single,“ Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
“Terrific stuff, I’ve got a feeling this year is gonna be kind to them”, Gary Crowley, BBC Introducing London
“This is short but very sweet”, Mark Radcliffe, BBC 6 Music
“They’re making an unholy noise and we like that a lot”, Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1
“This is short and sweet, sounding and looking really good”, John Kennedy, Radio X
“We could be witnessing the emergence of another great British band. Jaw droppingly good”, Gigslutz
“Full of bolshy spirit”, NME
Summer of shows….
£3 cheap list to next London gig (9.15pm) Wednesday 19th July, The Water Rats Theatre in Kings Cross, as main support to The Hightown Pirates at their album launch (This Feeling club special). RSVP to https://www.facebook.com/thevelvethands/ asap with names.
19 July: This Feeling, London Water Rats FB Event.
26 July: The Kings Arms, Mevagissy
27 July: Port Eliot Festival, Ace Of Spades Stage, Port Eliot
28 July: Leopolooza Festival – Mono Stage – Bude, Cornwall
30 July – Leopolooza Festival – BBC Introducing Stage, Bude
10 August: The New Inn, St Austell
11 August: Boardmasters Festival BBC Introducing Stage, Newquay
1 October: Looe Festival
Keep upto date with The Velvet Hands here…….. thevelvethands.co.uk