Category: Heavy Metal / Hard Rock / Punk

Hands Like Houses, an Australian rock band from out of Canberra, Australia first formed in 2008 from the remains of two other local bands, “So Long Safety” and “Eternal Debut.”  The band consists of six members: Trenton Woodley (lead vocals), Matt “Coops” Cooper (lead guitar), Alexander Pearson (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Joel Tyrrell (bass guitar), Jamal Sabet (keyboards) and Matt Parkitney (drums).

The band first started recording their debut EP “Ground Dweller,” at Chango Studios with producer Cameron Mizell.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the EP was never released.  Instead, the band decided to re-record some of their tracks and record six new tracks for a full length album.  In 2011, the band released two singles, “This Ain’t No Place For Animals” and “Lion Skin,” on Itunes which garnered over 5,000 single sales.

In January 2012, the band signed with Rise Records and released their debut album “Ground Dweller” in March.  The entire album could be streamed through the Alternative Press’s Website.  “Ground Dweller” made it to No. 141 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.  The album was also generally well revived by critics.

On May 2, 2012, Hands Like Houses embarked on their first ever tour through the US on the Rise Records’ The Freshmen Class of ’12 Tour supporting bands such as “The Air I Breathe, ” “Palisades” and “My Ticket Home.”  In April 2012, the band released a video EP named “Snow Sessions” with acoustic performances of some songs from “Ground Dweller.”  Later in 2012, the band toured with “We Came As Romans” and “Attack Attack!” and in the fall of 2012, they toured with “Pierce The Veil” and “Sleeping With Sirens” on the Collide With The Sky Tour.

The band started writing new songs for their second album “Unimagine” as they toured through the UK with “Pierce The Veil” and “Woe, Is Me.”  They would perform these songs while touring until they finally released “Unimagine” on July 23, 2013 with the single “Introduced Species.”  The band played the entire Vans Warped Tour showcasing their new album as the tour traveled across the US.

The band confirmed that they would release a new EP titled “Reimagine” sometime in 2014 and that it would be a revisit to their previous work “Unimagine.”  The band has said, “Reimagine is a parallel and a rediscovery of Unimagine and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”  The EP was released on September 16, 2014 along with the first single off of the new album, “Revive (Introduced Species).”

Hands Like Houses has continued to expand its international fan base the more they have toured and promoted themselves.  With a mixture of technical effects, heavy songwriting and their post-hardcore passion and stage presence, Hands Like Houses delivers rich melodic vocals that soar over post-hardcore rhythm and riffs.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, pick up their newest EP “Reimagine.” which was released earlier this year.


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Death From Above 1979 are a Canadian punk-rock duo from out of Ontario, Canada.  The band consists of Jesse F. Keeler on bass, synths and backing vocals and Sebastien Grainger on vocals and drums.  The band’s first full-length album, “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine,” was released in late 2004 on Last Gang Records.  The band broke up in 2006, but announced a reunion in 2011.  Their second album, “The Physical World,” was released in September 2014.

The two members claim to have met each other at a Sonic Youth concert but will sometimes jokingly say that they met in prison, on a pirate ship, or in a gay bar which has lead to some journalists and fans to believe these stories.  They also claim to have once lived in a funeral home.

In 2005, their video for the single “Blood on our Hands” won a VideoFACT award at the MuchMusic Video Awards.  They played “Romantic Rights” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, with Grainger drumming for the first half of the performance then switched out with Late Night’s Max Weinberg on the same drum set for the second.

The band was originally named “Death From Above,” a name that appeared on their second recording, “Romantic Rights.”  They later changed it to “Death From Above 1979” after a legal dispute with DFA Records.

The reason for the “1979” comes from Grainger’s birth date.  When asked why they chose it, he responded, “1979 is the year of my birth.  1979 is the year of “Off the Wall.”  1979 is the year of “The Pleasure Principle.”  1979 is the last year of the last cool decade.  1979 is scratched into my arm, 1979 is scratched into my arm, 1979 is scratched into my fucking arm.”  He also stated in an interview with MTV, “I was born that year, and it’s never going to be wrong.”

It was speculated that the seemingly random year came from Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 film “Apocalypse Now,” as the words “Death From Above” can be found on a logo on the Huey Helicopters that carry the main character and his crew into the Vietnam War.  However, Grainger has said that this is just a coincidence.

On August 3, 2006, the group officially disbanded, mostly due to disagreements between the two bandmates on creative differences and musical style.  On February 4, 2011, Grainger announced on the groups website that the band was reforming.  On July 11, 2013, the band announced that a new record was in the works through their Facebook page after they cancelled a number of European shows due to a “medical emergency.”  On July 8, 2014, the band released a new single, “Trainwreck 1979,” and announced more details on their upcoming studio album, “The Physical World.”

The album, which was released September 9, 2014 includes 11 songs and the band has said that there will be extensive touring in order to support it.  The tracks, “Trainwreck 1979” and “Government Trash” were both released as singles before the albums release.

Death From Above 1979 seems to have impressed all of their diehard fans who once got down with their digital thrash/math-rock with the release of “The Physical World.”  It opens with the track “Cheap Talk,” which sounds just like vintage DFA 1979.  They even experiment a little more and include a ballad, “White is Red,” which takes on a more straight forward sound with a good mix of Sonic Youth’s squealing guitars thrown in.  Then the album picks back up with “Trainwreck 1979,” “Nothing Left” and “Government Trash” to reignite the thrash all DFA 1979 fan appreciate.

Give the bands biggest hits below a listen and pick up DFA 1979’s newest album “The Physical World” if you really enjoyed them.


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