Not quite a goodbye…

Hello everyone,

We thought it was about time we updated you on the drummer situation as we’ve been pretty quiet over the last few months.

Firstly, we have to say that we’ve spent a good few months advertising on various sites & real life, chatting to drummers, meeting drummers, coming up with plans, but unfortunately our search hasn’t been successful. That’s nobody’s fault, it’s just not been right for either party so far, but it does leave us with a bit of a dilemma.

With a drummer not forthcoming, we’ve had several long discussions and brain storming sessions about what to do. The short version is; we’re putting hAND on hiatus. This is not a break up or a definitive end, this is a “right now we want to try some new things, work a bit differently, go down avenues we haven’t before and see where it takes us”.

We felt it was better to start a new project for that, different set ups, different styles etc than morph hAND into something it’s not. We’re not giving up on being a band or writing music so please let us introduce you to Boxtape.

This is going to be our main project for the foreseeable future and it consists of just myself and Kieren playing music that has a more acoustic stripped back vibe.

It’s quite a change but we’re very excited about it right now and the challenges it poses us! In some cases it might still borrow a little bit from hAND – it’s still us after all, and same core songwriting team but in a completely different setting and genre. Expect lots of gigs, recordings and releases, and a YouTube channel full of content.

We’d just like to end by saying a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, come to gigs, bought music, or helped us in any way, thank you, you’ve been amazing!

We realise that this change might not be what people are expecting or interested in, and that’s completely cool, but, if you do feel inclined to support our new project we’d be very grateful indeed.

K&K

Happy Holidays / And Then There Were Two……

We hope you all had a great festive season and are looking forward to the new year! There’s been a few changes in the hAND camp very recently and we wanted to update you all on what’s been happening.

Firstly and simply put hAND are currently back to a two piece temporarily, both Dan and Tom have decided to call it a day with the band. Tom has moved away and can’t dedicate the time any more, and Dan has fallen out of love with drumming and put down the sticks.  There’s no hard feelings at all and we’re still great friends, but we are very sorry to see them both go.

Myself and Kieren have been discussing / talking things over for a couple of weeks around all aspects of the band, as any change is an opportunity for re-invention. It’s likely that the new hAND will still benefit from a kick-ass live drummer, and so we’re keen to see if there’s anyone like-minded out there interested in becoming our new sticksman / sticklady.

As such, this is the first official call to drummers – if you’re talented, expressive, share our passion for the driving, the intricate and the unusual, please get in touch!

Any interested parties should email [email protected].

Cheers & Happy New Year

K&K

Autumn Tour Dates Announced

 

We’ve been busy over the summer months and prepared a few gigs for your auditory pleasure this autumn. Further details are available on the shows page, but we’re kicking off in Brixton next month with Who Run The World. They are a new promotions company dedicated to showcasing female musicians and we’re delighted to be on their debut show at Veg Bar.

Set lists for these shows will include tracks from Kintsugi, Breathing and Deadroom Journal, as well as a hint at some new material. We’d love to see some familiar faces (and some new) and can’t wait to be back playing.

Thanks

hAND

 

Gigs

Hello all,

We have a couple of gig announcements for you! Our next outing is at the Hellfire Club in Redhill on March 7th, we’re playing alongside Stoneghost and Outright Resistance and it promises to be an excellent night. We’re on first so make sure you get down early if you want to catch our set. All kicks off about 8pm.

We are very delighted to announce that we are playing Foxrox this year up in Leicester, it is a two day prog / metal festival with some amazing bands on the bill… HeKz Amplifier Winter in Eden, Cloud Atlas, Phase and more! Not till July, but tickets are on sale now from wegottickets.com

We’d love to see you at these shows, the set for Foxrox is going to be special indeed!
Cheers,
hAND

Kintsugi is Released!

Today is the day, Kintsugi is finally released!

So release day is finally here, wow what a ride this has been! Thank you for all your support, we hope that every one of you who pre-ordered is enjoying the album and T-shirts.

If you haven’t got a copy, there’s now several ways to get your hands (haha) on some lovely Kintsugi goodies. There’s Amazonour official site handtheband.com (with T-shirts and vinyl too) and for those of you that like downloads head over to our Bandcamp page.  (iTunes will follow in the coming weeks!)

We have a couple of live dates coming up in November –

Nov 22nd @ Sanctuary in Basingstoke, Hampshire
Nov 28th @ The Black Dog in Crawley, West Sussex

We’re looking forward to playing this loud 😀

More details can be found on our Shows page for the gigs. We’re working hard to secure some more gigs in the new year, if you would like us to play near you please let us know where you are in the world! Alternatively if there’s a cracking venue near you please request us (send them and us an email!).

Thank you once again, please enjoy Kintsugi!

We love you all.

hAND

Wanna Hear Our New Album Right Now?

Then you need to head over to PROG where they are exclusively streaming Kintsugi in full 😀

We are very grateful to Team Rock and the Prog team for supporting us and backing the album. We hope you love it as much as we do, we can’t wait to see what you think.

Tweet Us, Facebook Us, or email us your thoughts, comments, what you had for breakfast; we love hearing from you!

More updates as and when we get them.

Thanks

hAND

Kintsugi Pre-Orders Are Go!

Hello everyone,

We are over the moon that Kintsugi is ready to go and the promo has already started. Keep a keen eye on our socials as already we’ve had interviews with Core of Brutality,Vents Magazine and soon, Prog Magazine!

You can pre-order Kintsugi right now! We have 3 different bundles available and they consist of:


The Bronze Bundle: Kintsugi CD with Gold Edition Download, £10

The Silver Bundle: Kintsugi CD with Gold Edition Download + Kintsugi T-shirt, £18

The Gold Bundle: Kintsugi CD with Gold Edition Download + Kintsugi T-shirt + Limited Edition Vinyl of Kintsugi Gold Edition, £30

Kintsugi CDKintsugi T-shirtKintsugi Vinyl Front

We are also shipping worldwide!  You can pick up a pre-order bundle in our online merch shop.

Without further ado here’s the first full track from Kintsugi – Volcanic Panic. We’d love to know what you think, email us, tweet us, or leave a comment on the vid if you feel so inclined.

hAND – Volcanic Panic Studio Play Through

As always we thoroughly appreciate your support, as the promo is ramping up we are receiving lots of lovely emails and it makes the last 2-3 years of very hard work all the more worth it.

UPDATE: You can check out another full album track on the Music page – Anthem (Ode to the Giddy).

Thank you.

hAND
xxxx

Kintsugi Released November 3rd

So the announcement is finally here, Kintsugi will be released through Brutal Elite Records on November 3rd 2014.

Pre-order packs will be up soon, and we hope to bring you news of some live dates to accompany the release.

The official press release from SaN PR is below –

hAND are back and release their new album ‘Kintsugi’ on Monday 3rd November through Brutal Elite.

Although hAND can be loosely described as a Prog band, when you peel back the aural layers, you’ll find a definitive edge that sets the band firmly apart from its contemporary counterparts. Progressive and heavy, yet accessible, hAND have unearthed a sound that is innovative and engrossing. They call to mind the thoughtful webby depths of ‘Opeth’, meshed with the proggy groove of ‘Amplifier’ and the gothic guile of ‘Paradise Lost’. Acutely marrying carefully formed visceral guitar parts, dynamic drums, and alluring vocals, hAND have a strong focus and a clear vision of what they want to produce.
 
Originally formed back in 2004, the band come at you from Sussex. Right from their early years, which saw hAND unleash their first EP “Chapters”, to the band’s next EP “Shadow: Word Pain”, which landed them a record deal with Copro Records, to the foursome’s debut album “Deadroom Journal”, each release and record has progressed in its sheer song-writing quality and production. The progsters worked with producer Nick Hemingway (Isor, Cancer, Desecration) @ Philia Studios for “Deadroom Journal”, and the album went on to secure lofty praise with Dead Earnest, who dubbed the release: “Totally groundbreaking in such a genre”. Off the back of the album, hAND signed to Femme Metal Records and began to play shows throughout the whole of the UK, as well as racking up prominent festival appearances. In 2010, the progressive crew headed back to the studio to record their sophomore album “Breathing”, with Nick Hemingway again at the helm. Released in June 2011 via Femme Metal Records and Brutal Elite Records, the album picked up even greater acclaim than their debut album. In the summer of 2011, long time drummer Cris Nelson left the band. He was replaced by Dan Thomas, and at the same time synth player Tom Johnstone joined as a full time member. Taking a hiatus from playing live in 2013, hAND solely focused on writing their next album and perfecting their revitalised eclectic sound.
 
This year, the quartet hit the studio once more with long term collaborator and producer Nick Hemmingway to lay down their third album ‘Kintsugi’. Comprised of hypnotic and supremely orchestrated guitar riffs and crashing drums with pulsing rhythms, ‘Kintsugi’ is primed to rattle your ear drums and will surely pull you in. The album will be widely supported with extensive touring and is released in two formats: the regular CD/digital download version and the ‘Gold Edition’. The Gold Edition is more than just the same album with a couple of bonus tracks; whilst it does contain some of the same songs, it is approached in a very different way in terms of production and feel. The approach taken differs in the production style – a more natural, dynamic and even old-school take, designed to contrast with the heavier, more driving production employed on the ‘regular’ Kintsugi. The Gold Edition will also be available on vinyl and in a special pre-order pack. Both versions of the record drop this November; look out as hAND are set to take the scene by storm.

PRESS CONTACT: Garry Hutchinson / SaN PR: [email protected]

BAND EMAIL: [email protected]