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British indie garage rock band The Velvet Hands release their new single, “Only Blame Myself”, on January 26th via Easy Action Records.
The single is taken from The Velvet Hands’ debut album, Party’s Over, scheduled for release May 4th, with a special limited edition vinyl version being available for Record Store Day 2018 on April 21st.
Artwork for the video was created by Gigsketch. The video was edited by Mawgan Lewis at PurpleKnif . The track was recorded by Ben Wood at Troubadour Studios, and produced and mixed by Ben Woods and Jamx Jules.
Born out of the much lauded NME-coined ‘Kernow Wave’, Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene, and now a focal part of London’s rising underground guitar movement, The Velvet Hands are being heavily championed by the likes of Mikey Jonns (This Feeling / Radio X), among others. Consisting of Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Willbourne, and Sam Hilder, together they blend slacker story-telling and belting guitar riffs reminiscent of The Strokes or contemporaries such as The Vaccines, with rousing punk choruses that recall The Clash, and an onstage swagger that has seen the two tussling front-men Able and Mitchell likened to The Libertines.
The Velvet Hands have already released a string of successful D.I.Y singles, with latest “Only Blame Myself” following “Games”, the addictive “Habit”, “Trains” b/w reflective “Curtains Closed”, “I Don’t Mind”, and kicky “Sick of Living”.
The singles have collectively garnered support from BBC Radio 1 Introducing (with the added ‘Tip of the Week’ accolade and inclusion on Best of BBC Introducing Playlist) and BBC 6 Music (with support from Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart, Radcliffe & Maconie, Steve Lamacq, and Tom Robinson), Radio X (John Kennedy) and BBC Introducing London (Gary Crowley), among many others. With the tastemaker press hailing them as nothing short of “Jaw droppingly good” (Gigslutz) and “The second coming of rock and roll” (For The Love of Bands).
The Velvet Hands’ growing reputation for super-tight yet raucous high-energy live sets has resulted in them being booked for a run of big name gigs including the BBC Introducing stage at Boardmaster Festival, successful shows across London including gigs at The 100 Club and The Water Rats, and support slots with the likes of The Bluetones, Yak, Wild Smiles, and Sisteray. The Velvet Hands are now set to play the following shows for taste maker promoters, This Feeling, early 2018:
25 January: The Monarch, London (This Feelings ‘Big In 2018’ night)
1 February: The Old Bakery Truro *
2 February: The Underground Plymouth *
3 February: Hope and Ruin Brighton *
9 February: Mother’s Ruin, Bristol *
15 February: Jimmy’s, Manchester *
16 February: The Castle and Falcon, Birmingham *
24 February: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff *
3 March: The Water Rats London
Co-headlining with *Himalayas
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