HANDS LIKE HOUSES

-ANON. (HOPE­LESS)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - MIS­CHA PEARLMAN

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.

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