With various comparisons to “early Rolling Stones”, new Cornwall/London rockers, The Velvet Hands are, according to feedback so far; “a wonderful mess, a soundtrack for demolition.” (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music) with “snarling vocals and intense riffs” (GigSlutz) that is “full of bolshy spirit.” (NME). Very much looking and sounding the part, they encompass elements of The Strokes, The Stones and the Clash in their Garage rock n roll story telling.
The Velvet Hands as mere 17 year olds, released their debut single Games/Who Care late 2015. In March 2016, ‘Habit’ was a Track Of The Week on influential music site Little Indie Blogs and Video Of The Day on another, God Is In The TV Zine. For 2016 April’s Record Store Day, they released ‘Trains’/’Curtains’ for classic alternative music label, Easy Action Records. The 300 white 7” vinyls sold out on the day.
Autumn 2016 saw the band heading off on tour, starting at Boardmasters Festival where BBC Introducing exclaimed their set as “frankly awesome” and calling in in at Tate Modern on the way, it was a genuine triumph. Spotted by guitar band promoters extraordinaire, This Feeling the band went on to support The Faers, Sheafs and Simon Mason. GigSlutz ran a Track Of The Day preview for ‘Trains’, saying “we could be witnessing the emergence of another great British band. Jaw droppingly good.”
2017 saw the band in Falmouth’s Troubadour studio with Lost Dawn and Golden Dregs’ Ben Woods working on their debut album. The album is scheduled for release in April 2018 through Easy Action Records. The band released I Don’t Mind on vinyl through Easy Action in February, followed by a Record Store Day 2017 limited edition red vinyl single, the high octane Sick of Living back in April. Sick of Living saw the band picking up radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio X, Amazing Radio and more. A full schedule of festivals followed with the band releasing a new recording of Games late Sept 2017. Games went on to pick up plays from Radcliffe & Maconie, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing, Huw Stephens at Radio 1, Gary Crowley at BBC London and was made BBC Introducing National’s Record of the Week. Huw Stephens also added the track to his Radio 1 Best of BBC Introducing playlist. The band recently completed a short stint as main support on the Vant tour.
2018 kicked off with the release of “Only Blame Myself” and a national co-headlining tour with Himalayas, 6 out of the 7 dates sold out. London guitar band promoters This Feeling included the band in their “Big in 2018” list, Radio support continued with the rerelease of “I Don’t Mind” which lead to a 4 track session with John Kennedy at Radio X broadcast in April. Record Store Day 2018 saw the release of the band’s debut album, “Party’s Over” on limited edition 12” blue vinyl signed by the band. The full release came on May 4th. In the same week Huw Stephens at Radio 1 made the album his “Radio 1 Album of the Week”. That week the band also commenced a series of dates with The Bluetones followed by headline dates of their own as part of a national tour.
The band are currently gigging and working on new material for their next album.