Jump, they said!
For me it was a first time seeing and enjoying the lads from Hands Like Houses, right before they leave the UK for the US Face To Face tour. Put together by the Boston Music Room, amps were set to max as the night went on, and simple minds were set to head bang to the gracious sounds of alternative rock.
Kicking off the show, a new band Fizzy Blood had their chance in the light and gave a brilliant half an hour set of paced live rock. With the harbouring sounds of great guitar solos and riffs, alongside instrumental and electronic pieces, it was the vocals that really gave an indie slash rock sound. Together, they gave themselves a lot of fan support.
Next up, Hands Like Houses stormed the stage from the start with their great singles that weren’t at all disappointing. With a focused and happy attitude, the lads gave a great performance, alongside communicating with the audience after almost every song. The set was timed perfectly, with much head-banging and hand-raising throughout.
Despite the band’s failure or success with album Dissonants, the boys definitely did it justice with the show they put on. Especially at the final hurdle, where they turned up the brilliantly amped sound, and delivered an awesome encore with their final song ‘Introduced Species’, where the crowd surfing began.
They have been a true testament of alternative rock these last few months, alongside their recent UK Tour and their appearance at London’s punk rock club night, Face Down.
With a packed out venue, Hands Like Houses grew in my estimations, yet not enough to consider themselves to be a favourite band of mine. Yet, I am very disappointed in myself musically for not having heard of them sooner. These guys will be definitely will be added to my iTunes rock playlist!
© Photos by Tom Rose