Human Hands
Human Hands


4.0
excellent

Review

by Tristan Jones USER (35 Reviews)
August 19th, 2014 | 44 replies


Release Date: 01/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For fans of emo old and new, Human Hands' debut is a must-listen.

It's always been a bit of a cliche to proclaim every new emotive hardcore release as being able to connect with the listener. Indeed, everywhere you turn there is a new band riding in the wake of the 'emo revival' as it is called. Many of these bands are simply pop-punk bands with twinkly guitars and excusably weak vocals. While there is certainly nothing wrong with these things, the result can be music that is unintentionally self-ridiculing but still maintains a certain aesthetic that fans of emo music find passable.

Human Hands are a band from Birmingham, England. Their sound is reminiscent of 90s emo bands in the vein of Indian Summer, particularly their use of tension building. The opening track "Disease" is a prime example of using a pull-and-release method to build tension without sounding too drawn out. Human Hands employ simple, effective guitar riffs throughout the album which work in conjunction with their build-ups in such a way that every minor change feels monumental. All the band members show a great deal of restraint, and the result is rewarding. Over the course of the seven minute opening track there are nigh-inperceivable subtleties that continue to build before culminating in an explosive finish. The vocalist coincides nicely with this, gradually increases the level of catharsis as the track progresses and giving a nice feeling of unity.

The vocals throughout the album are sparse, which works to the album's advantage. If they were too frequent they could have easily hindered the impact of the instrumental builds. The mixing of the vocals is also worth noting, as they truly sound as if they were sung in the same room as the listener. When I first listened to "Disease" I was startled, and had to look over my shoulder to ensure some nervous wreck hadn't wandered into my living room. The singer is similar to Jonathan Vance in his spoken/shout delivery, and in "String" the backup vocalist sings an unsteady melody akin to Penfold. While name-dropping various 'quintessential emo' musicians may seem unnecessary, it is important to draw attention to how successfully Human Hands capture the essence of their influences while still sounding fresh.

Human Hands is powerful, yet subtle. Every song succeeds at delivering a satisfying experience and the album as a whole is uplifting. Human Hands is a perfect example of using modest instrumental and vocal abilities to deliver music that is both raw and painstakingly composed. For fans of emo old and new, Human Hands' debut is a must-listen.



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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://humanhands.bandcamp.com

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably the best emo I've heard all year

YakNips
August 18th 2014


11939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules hard mostly cause it's not emo revival shite lol



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PunchforPunch
August 18th 2014


6280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah yak it's a pretty refreshing listen for me

YakNips
August 18th 2014


11939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah need to give it another spin for sure



NorthernSkylark
August 18th 2014


3805 Comments


TAKE A LOOK AT THESE HAAANDS

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was really tempted to dickride this band for the entire review, but I held back pretty well I think.

why the neg? actually nvm, just listen to this album

SourAK
August 18th 2014


1630 Comments


gonna check

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@sourAK - yeah give Disease a spin for sure, easily my fav track on this though I dig them all

YakNips
August 18th 2014


11939 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea disease is my fave

VaxXi
August 18th 2014


577 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty sweet

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 18th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you like, Vax

bakkermaarten007
August 19th 2014


3601 Comments


Disease rules.
I pos'd. Band is better than 95% of emo revival bands.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 19th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know man, and they came out of nowhere.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 19th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And someone edited the album title which makes my review read weird .. meh

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 19th 2014


31355 Comments


You do realise that s/t lp is just a short hand term for the album being named after the band, right?

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
August 19th 2014


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've actually never seen that, so now I feel like a fool.

I was just going off what they had on their bandcamp

VaxXi
August 19th 2014


577 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If I ever start a band I am naming my debut album S/T LP just to spite Deviant.

It's the only option.

bakkermaarten007
August 19th 2014


3601 Comments


^^ lol



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