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. Days later was their first London headline show, with The Isabelles as guests which packed the East End's Urban Bar, and a few days later added Steve Lamacq, of BBC Radio 6 Music, to the key radio shows – at home and abroad - picking up on their raw and engaging sound.
Summer saw rising star film maker, Callum Scott-Dyson,(who has worked with fellow up and comers, Coquin Migale and The Au Revoirs to name a few) choosing one of their songs for a cinematic short. Already well received, music reviews and radio play wise, ‘Curtains Closed’ is the flip side of 'Trains’; and shows a very different side to the band’s writing.
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 promotors 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 March 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. New single Only Blame Myself is lined up for late Nov.
The band’s debut album; The Party’s Over, is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2018.
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