Tonight, Melbourne instrumental rock outfit These Hands will release and launch their long awaited album ‘Endlessly‘ with a show at The Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy with guests This Is Your Captain Speaking, Hotel Wrecking City Traders, and Fathoms. To find out a little more about the album, we got the band to answer our On The Record questions. Expand this post to check out their answers, as well as a stream of the album.
Tell us about the release title.
There is secretly a badly written short story that this album has been written to. It’s basically a creation myth enacted by the sea and the sky. Being cyclical in its nature, and the music reflects this with those looping riffs too, “Endlessly” felt like a good word to go with. It sounds nice to say as well. Go on…
Tell us about the artwork.
The artwork was created by Steven Smith. He is amazingly talented (as you can see on the artwork), and incredibly patient too. I’m not sure he considers me a friend by this stage however? Everything visually depicts part of the short story mentioned before. The mountain range photo was taken by Steve in Iceland. I’m pretty sure he went on a road trip and camped out each night whilst taking those amazing shots.
What format/s will it be released on and how will it be packaged?
It’ll be released on a gatefold CD package. Originally it was intended for a 2xLP release but it was way too pricey for us so this was the next best thing. It will also be released digitally on our Bandcamp page [Here].
Who will it be released through, and when?
We are self releasing this officially on Friday May 4th at the album launch. It will also be available in a bunch of respected independent stores.
Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there?
We recorded at Headgap Studios in Thornbury. Brent and Neil look after the place with pride. It’s bright and feels really comfortable, which helps when you’re cramming a whole record in just two and a half days. The main room sounds amazing too, you can really hear that on the drums. The Neotek Elite desk rules.
Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them?
Nao Anzai. This guy is an absolute legend. Nao engineered and mastered the album. He works with a band meticulously and patiently. And the result is always incredible. He somehow manages to make a finished product retain its freshness. He is also really good at covering up mistakes the band makes!
Did you go into the writing process with a clear direction in mind?
I really wanted to write with this whole ‘concept’ kind of thing in mind. I also really wanted to present it as just an album as itself. So from that stage I wrote a whole bunch of demos on my laptop. From there it landed in the rehearsal space. Everything changes there, everyone adds their own thing and the arrangements change as we work together. It’s an amazing thing to hear a demo slowly develop into a real song, and then to make those songs work as a complete album.
Were you listening to anything in particular during the writing / recording process that influenced the songs at all?
Mineral, American Football, The Appleseed Cast, C-Clamp.
Were there any albums you were referencing to aim for a certain type of sound production wise?
Mineral – End Serenading and American Football – S/T were a definite reference in a not really subtle way.
How long did it take to record?
We recorded it in two and a half days.
Tell us a little about the recording process the band used?
We really like to play live together and wanted to retain that feel. Everything was tracked on tape and then we added overdubs. Some songs have five or six guitars going at once, you just have to listen really carefully in headphones to pick it up.
Was this any different to previous processes you have used?
We’ve done it like this before, but we definitely had a little bit more time to play with harmonies and the like on the overdubs this time.
Any guests involved? if so, who.. and what did they do?
We really wanted to use our own instruments to create texture in the background with this one. Hopefully we get the opportunity to work with some other people for the next one, that’s something we’d really like to do.
Any particular equipment outside your usual live gear used in the process?
Not really. The tape definitely beefed up the sound for us though, and Nao just made it sound really amazing.
Any memorable studio moments?
Too busy freaking out and trying not to stuff up the whole time!
What track/s are you most looking forward to playing live?
“Presence” is the one that I look forward to the most for sure.
How would you compare the final product to previous releases?
Complete, focused and assertive. The artwork really caps that off too.
Anything else you want to say or tell us about the release?
We are launching the album May 4 at The Evelyn with This Is Your Captain Speaking, Hotel Wrecking City Traders and Fathoms. We’re really looking forward to finally being able to play it in its entirety. We are playing with some really amazing Melbourne bands on the night and hopefully we see you there!