HANDS LIKE HOUSES
FOR FANS OF: Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Panic! At The Disco
■ Australia’s Hands Like House have never been a band to subscribe to stereotypes, and this fourth album is no different. Across 10 tracks, the quintet veer between moody, up-tempo electro emo-pop (Kingdom Come), boisterous quasi-industrial rock (Monster) and ambitious, Depeche Mode-esque expressions of anguish that fall somewhere in between (No Man’s Land). It’s the dark strains of the latter – and the gritty grooves of Black – that demonstrate just how powerful Hands Like Houses can be when they strike the right balance. Occasionally, though, the way they mix up genres can end up diluting the songs. That’s something that happens on the aforementioned Monster, the glossy pop-rock of Overthinking and the rather incongruous faux-blues-rock stomp of final track Bad Dream. Nevertheless, it’s encouraging to see a scene band unafraid to take risks. It doesn’t always work, but it’s better than not trying at all.