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Song Premiere: “Don’t Be Nice to Me” by The Velvet Hands

The Velvet Hands
12 June 2019

The Velvet Hands – Photo Credit: Nick Moodie

Cornwall/London-based indie garage rock band The Velvet Hands meld classic British rock with punk attitude and casual swagger that belies the young age of each member in the group. They’ve been favorably compared to a litany of rock greats, including “early Rolling Stones”, even though they’re barely in their twenties – and they started out as The Velvet Hands as fresh-faced seventeen-ers.

The Velvet Hands have been on a steady rise since their inception, gaining fans with every live performance and song. For a while, they released a string of singles, but in 2017, they entered Falmouth’s Troubadour studio with Lost Dawn and Golden Dregs’ Ben Woods to work on their debut album.

That LP, titled Party’s Over was the opposite of a comedown, featuring short, sharp, dynamic, and catchy tunes. Party’s Over was released on limited edition blue vinyl during the festivities of Record Store Day 2018 to enthused acclaim, and then arrived on all other formats on May 4th.

In the same week, Huw Stephens at Radio 1 made the album his “Radio 1 Album of the Week.” and The Velvet Hands embarked on a tour supporting The Bluetones, as well as headlining their own UK tour and plenty of music festivals.

Not ones to ever sit still, this year is shaping up to top their adventures and accolades of the past. While the band is currently recording tracks for their highly anticipated second album at The Cave Studios in Cornwall, they also have been invited to support Paul Weller at Wyldes in Cornwall, Liam Gallagher and Fontaines DC at The Eden Project, and headline slots for This Feeling on their stages at The Isle of Wight Festival and Y Not. They’ll also be playing OceanFest, Staycation Festival, and others over the coming months.

The Velvet Hands’ brash and boisterous new single, “Don’t Be Nice to Me”, which The Big Takeover has the pleasure of hosting as a U.S. premiere (in conjunction with the U.K.’s Gigwise), is officially bowing on June 13th, and another single and national tour are shaping up for this fall.

Stream “Don’t Be Nice to Me” on June 13th at Spotify