Unimagine - Hands Like Houses
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Australia's Hands Like Houses will release their new LP, Unimagine via Rise Records. The record was produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore, The Academy Is).
Frontman Trenton Woodley says, "Unimagine, for us, is the result of the last two years of our lives. Everything we have seen, learned and experienced, personally and as a band, has found its way into this record one way or another. It's one thing to write an album, but to create something out of a deeper understanding of yourself and your abilities, especially with all the pressures of expectations you've built up along the way is a massive challenge. And in a way, that's what the album is about – finding happiness and satisfaction by deconstructing what has brought you this far and creating a foundation to create and grow from."
Driven by rich lyricism and melodic, emotive vocals, the band presents a complex and finely crafted mix of guitar and electronics, drawing from a broad range of influence including Thrice, The Receiving End of Sirens and Closure in Moscow.
One listen to Unimagine and it's clear that the firrst album was no fluke. If the band felt any pressure they channelled it and used it as a motivator when they entered the studio with James Wisner. From start to finish, Unimagine is anthemic, driving and catchy.
- Introduced Species
- The House You Built
- A Tale Of Outer Suburbia
- No Paralells
- A Fire On A Hill
FM Dymond on 21.07.2013
I would have no difficulty writing an essay explaining how this record is a clear demonstration of the combination of hard work, passion and musical talent from these young gentlemen; this however, will simply take time away from you listening to it. Review caveat: I do not typically enjoy music from the genre's that have been handed to Hands Like Houses. Previous to listening to Unimagine, I had not heard of these talented Australian boys, nor heard their freshman album. Whilst familiarity exists between the two albums, their development and maturity between Ground Dweller and this latest opus is akin to watching a boy become a man in the space of a year. Musically, this album is perfect. Struggling to fit the mould of any 'post-' genre, every single one of these tracks on this record are in both a category and a league of their own. The lyrical talent only further demonstrated by Woodley's incredible vocals speaks to you, leaving not a single goosepimple unraised.