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The Velvet Hands


THE VELVET HANDS
HOLIDAY IN MY HEAD
8th June 2022

Taking equal parts inspiration from 1970’s new wave and 2000’s indie, The Velvet Hands (Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Mitchell and Sam Hilder) have an unashamed love of guitar based songwriting. Already making a lot of noise (Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 Album of the Week) The Velvet Hands are back with an album that could lead the way for a new generation of guitar bands.

Never being kept quiet, the band have supported the likes of Liam Gallagher, Fontaines DC, VANT, YAK + Wallows to name a few.

“Every single they’ve released is an instant hit as far as I’m concerned” – John Kennedy Radio X

Part of Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene, and now a focal point of London’s underground guitar scene, the band are subjects of considerable radio support; Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie, Sarah Gosling, Tom Robinson, Amy Lame at 6 Music, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggert, John Kennedy.

Of new single Holiday In My Head, guitarist Dan said: “It’s based on our own experience of the doldrums of being skint, working your arse off to be able to afford a postage stamp sized flat, only to have to shave in the kitchen sink because the landlord won’t fix the one in the bathroom. Take that and then put it in lockdown, it felt like the walls were closing in – very claustrophobic. You can’t escape to anywhere apart from your own daydreams. The song is an anthem of escapism in the modern era”.

The band play The Social in London on June 16th.

The Velvet Hands (Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Mitchell and Sam Hilder) blend slacker story-telling and belting guitar riffs reminiscent of The Strokes or contemporaries such as The Vaccines, or Parquet Courts with rousing punk choruses that recall The Clash. Described by The NME as “full of bolshy spirit”, the band’s self-recorded debut album went on to be Huw Stephens Radio 1 Album of the Week. Of that album, Radio X DJ John Kennedy said, “Every single they’ve released is an instant hit as far as I’m concerned”. The singles also caused a stir with tastemaker blogs, described as “Jaw droppingly good” (Gigslutz) and “The second coming of rock and roll” (For The Love of Bands).     

Subjects of considerable radio support; Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe & Maconie, Tom Robinson and Amy Lame at 6 Music, Huw Stephens & Phil Taggert at Radio 1, BBC Introducing,( Only Blame Myself was made BBC  Intro’s single of the week receiving airplay across all the BBC Intro stations nationally. Part of Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene, and now a focal point of London’s underground guitar scene, the band in 2019 supported both Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher,( at The Eden Project, chosen by the great one himself), headlined stages at The Isle of Wight Festival and Why Not.

2020 kicked off in style with the band releasing Fallout through their own label, which received multiple plays on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show,  a live on air interview with Steve and a support slot with Frank Turner as part of Independent Venue Week 2020.

The arrival of Covid saw the band hard at work writing new material. They released a single “When This Is Over” to raise money for The Music Venue Trust and released a 4 track EP in 2021. Their second album is scheduled for release later in 2022, the first single from it is due for release in the late Spring of 2022. The Velvet Hands finished 2021 with sold out gigs in their home town of Truro, Newquay and London’s Old Blue Last with close to sold out gigs in Cardiff, Glasgow and Manchester.

The band have been invited to play Michael Eavis’ Pilton Party on June 11th, they play The Social London on June 16th with a secret gig yet to be announced. They also play Boardmasters Land of Saints stage on August 12th and numerous smaller festivals.

The Velvet Hands – Holiday In My Head 8th June

The Velvet Hands – Star

The Velvet Hands – This Feeling

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