A Silent Film

UK band A Silent Film are taking time out from working on their new album to return to the US in November for a whistle-stop tour. Singer Robert Stevenson sums up the different influences on a band who have been in a self-imposed exile in the States since 2010. "The City That Sleeps was an album defined by where we grew up; Sand & Snow was inspired by our new experiences in America. The third record is coming from a different place, there seems to be more of a balance now". A balance achieved by the perspective that over 150 shows in the US in 2012/13, two more successful alternative radio singles in Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well and Harbour Lights, and an acclaimed national TV debut on Last Call with Carson Daly might give you.


The raw energy of their live show is perhaps unexpected. A Silent Film have always been a band whose attention to detail in the music is highlighted particularly on their 2012 sophomore album Sand & Snow which they self-produced, mixing duties falling to the established alt-rock team of Alan Moulder and Catherine Marks (The Killers, Foals). Once 'released' from the studio however, the band has made a name for itself in delivering an impassioned show of the highest order. Stevenson's mantra is "to make a connection with every single person in the room", and this he achieves while delivering a virtuoso performance that cannot be missed. The line-up is completed by bass player Ali Hussain and drummer Spencer Walker, who suggests that the November tour should not be missed. "Its going to be the first time that we play a lot of new songs, which is exciting for us and hopefully for our fans too. We will be pushing the envelope on the live show as well. This band is all about everyone there having fun, having a good time. We like to change things up - expect bigger and better!"


Since the release of their debut single - KROQ and Sirius XM AltNation favourite You Will Leave a Mark - and their maiden voyage to the US in 2010, A Silent Film have been growing a large and dedicated fan-base across the States. Be sure to see them in November to find out why.

Hands can be so many things: welcoming, scolding, loving, clenched into a fist. With Hands as your name, you have to both capture emotion and prove that the music you create with your own is worthy of the moniker. Luckily these Hands are up to the challenge.

Hands makes music like a rip tide, swirling in overlapping loops and riffs, slowly enveloping you. The group's members – Geoff Halliday, Ryan Sweeney, Sean Hess and Alex Staniloff – craft their hypnotic sound from a single dropping note that builds into a reverberating roar that crashes over you like a wave. It's a mesmerizing trick that they pull off on their debut LP, Synesthesia. Building off the success of their Massive Context EP (Small Plates) released in 2012 and a 7" to be released on White Iris in January, songs like "Videolove" and "Trouble" show Hands' innate ability to blend instruments and electronics into a deep texture that moves ethereally through genres. Hands moves from rock to synth-pop to skyrocketing stadium anthem, often within the same song. The interplay of Sweeney's esoteric guitar riffs, Hess' technical tempos, Staniloff's thumping bass and Halliday's soaring vocals and affected keyboards help Hands build a dynamic atmosphere, where a lesser band would only manage empty atmospherics.

A relative newcomer to the LA scene, Hands began as a two-piece from Philadelphia before Halliday and Sweeney headed west and added the low and thump of Hess and Staniloff. The band made a mark on the scene immediately, quickly playing packed shows across the country including stops at SXSW, CMJ and Deluna Fest, headlining Echo Park Rising, sessions with Daytrotter, and a west coast jaunt with Maps and Atlases. Hands' ability to win over fans with their feverish live show and dance-party-ready sound has already earned them opening spots for the likes of Deerhoof, DeVotchKa, Foster the People, and Kimbra as well as playing shows to sold out crowds at venues across LA.

For now, Hands' graceful and danceable indie rock is still under the radar, as evidenced by their spot in TIME Magazine's "11 Bands You Don't Know (But Should)" List, but they are quickly rising to the surface, bringing their melodies and thumping beats with them. Over the past year, Hands has built a devoted following for their evolving palette of sounds, soaring melodies, and complex looping song structures. With overwhelming responses to first listens of the record and Hands hitting the road for most of 2013, surely this is the year that Hands will start to make waves. Big big waves

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A Silent Film with The Show, Hands

Thursday, November 14 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM at The Altar Bar