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Slaves is an American post-hardcore group that formed out of Sacramento, California.  The band currently consists of lead vocalist Jonny Craig, formerly of the bands “Emarosa”, “Dance Gavin Dance”, and “Isles & Glaciers”, guitarist Alex Lyman of “Hearts and Hands”, guitarist Jonathan Wolfe of “The Hollowed”, bassist Colin Vieria of “Musical Charis”, and drummer Tai Wright of “Four Letter Lie” and “Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows”.  The band released their debut album, “Through Art We Are All Equals” on June 24, 2014.  The album reached No. 53 on the official Billboard 200 charts in the U.S.

The group went on their first U.S. tour in May 2014 in order to support their fellow post-hardcore brothers “Hands Like Houses”, “Miss Fortune”, and “Alive Like Me”.  Shortly after, the band revealed that they would be a part of the All Stars Tour.

The band has has a rocky start, with many of the members dropping out and then rejoining later but if they are able to keep it together long enough, I think that they can become very popular in the post-hardcore scene simply based off of their first album alone.  Craig’s vocals soar expertly over amazing guitar riffs that feel like a mixture of heavy metal, punk, and power metal that somehow got rolled all into one.  It’s truly amazing to listen too and I hope that their current band member problems don’t persist so that they can release a follow-up album.

Listen to some of the band’s top hits below and be sure to pick up the groups debut album, “Through Art We Are All Equals”, which is available on Itunes now.

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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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