Date: Fri Jul 29th
The Velvet Hands (Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Mitchell and Sam Hilder) blend slacker story-telling and belting guitar riffs reminiscent of The Strokes or contemporaries such as The Vaccines, or Parquet Courts, with rousing punk choruses that recall The Clash. Described by The NME as “full of bolshy spirit”, the band’s self-recorded debut album went on to be Huw Stephens Radio 1 Album of the Week. Of that album, Radio X DJ John Kennedy said, “Every single they’ve released is an instant hit as far as I’m concerned”. The singles also caused a stir with tastemaker blogs, described as “Jaw droppingly good” (Gigslutz) and “The second coming of rock and roll” (For The Love of Bands).
True to their appraisals, The Velvet Hands embody the pure unbridled essence of rock ‘n’ rock. Musically with their punchy riff laden tracks, but also in their ability to encapsulate lyrically the feelings of their young generation.
Part of Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene, and now a focal point of London’s underground guitar scene, the band have supported, YAK, Vant, The Bluetones, Paul Weller and Liam Gallagher (at The Eden Project, chosen by the great one himself) and headlined stages at The Isle of Wight Festival and Why Not, before going on to sell out most of their 2019 tour.
2020 kicked off in style with the band releasing Fallout through their own label, which received multiple plays on Steve Lamacq’s 6 Music show, resulting in a live on air interview with Steve and a support slot with Frank Turner as part of Independent Venue Week 2020.
The band managed to release “Star”, during the Covid wasteland years, an acerbic look at celebrity culture, featuring brass arrangements from award winning arranger Simon Dobson and his Badcore Horns. 2021 closed with the bands rescheduled national tour which culminated in their first sold out London date at Shoreditch’s Old Blue Last. Dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Truro also sold out.
The band are currently completing their sophomore album which they have scheduled for autumn 2022 with singles preceding it’s release.