Hands Like Houses announce new frontman and headline tour for 2024

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Hands Like Houses announce new frontman and headline tour for 2024

Credit: Stevie Reinhart
Words by Staff writer

Hands Like Houses have also dropped the anthem "Heaven" in grand comeback.

In a triumphant return to the music scene, Australian rockers Hands Like Houses are making waves with their anthemic new single ‘Heaven’ and introducing their fresh frontman, Josh Raven. The band, known for their versatile and genre-bending sound, is set to embark on a four-date tour along the East Coast in early 2024.

To celebrate their grand return, Hands Like Houses will embark on a small run of headline shows along the East Coast in early 2024. The tour kicks off with a hometown show in Canberra on March 1, followed by stops at Brisbane’s Brightside on March 7, Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on March 8, and concluding at Max Watts in Melbourne on March 10.

Hands Like Houses Heaven Tour

Friday 1 March – Fun Time Pony, Canberra
Thursday 7 March – Brightside, Brisbane
Friday 8 March – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sunday 10 March – Max Watts, Melbourne

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‘Heaven’ doesn’t just mark a new single; it signifies a new era for Hands Like Houses. The track, accompanied by a powerful video, pairs an atmospheric soundscape with heavy riffs. The lyrics delve into the weight of living in today’s society, tackling the confusion and polarisation surrounding religion, culture, and politics. It’s a poignant reminder of the need for love and acceptance in a world overshadowed by manipulation, pain, and corruption.

Frontman Josh Raven, previously known for his work with Perth band The Faim, unleashes a grittier and more aggressive side to his voice, showcasing a dynamic departure from his previous sound. The Faim achieved Platinum sales in France and found a devoted audience in Europe, setting the stage for Raven’s new role with Hands Like Houses.

In a statement, the band shared their excitement about the positive shift Raven has brought to the group: “We are thrilled to welcome our new vocalist Josh Raven. The last few years have been tough, and we as a band were all but ready to call it a day. Luckily, we crossed paths with Josh at a pivotal point in our soul searching – ‘Heaven’ was the first song we all worked on together, and the process was really quite magical for all of us. It opened up a wave of inspiration for us to explore new themes and a future for HLH.

“We figured rather than lay down and watch the ship slowly sink, we could stand up and find a way forward by bringing new life into the project. For the first time in our career, we are an independent band – so we decided to take a step back and return to the fundamentals of why we started this in the first place… the music. Josh has inserted such a positive shift within us, and together we have rediscovered a deep love for creating, in a positive environment to collaborate and share.

“This new era will explore a plethora of sounds and ideas that are inspiring and motivating to us as a collective – we will reopen some of the vaults inside us as we acknowledge and appreciate how we got here. There’ll be riffs, risks, curveballs and ultimately, a shit load of new music in 2024 while we explore our new shape. Thanks for staying the course with us – we look forward to sharing this journey with you.”

Known for injecting a fresh dose of modern stadium rock into Australia’s alternative scene, Hands Like Houses has achieved significant success, with two Top 10 ARIA charting albums, over 130,000 album sales, and 130 million Spotify streams. The five-piece ensemble, comprising Josh Raven (vocals), Alexander Pearson (guitar), Joel Tyrrell (bass), Matt Cooper (guitar), and Matthew Parkitny (drums), has captivated audiences worldwide with dynamic live performances, sharing stages with heavyweights such as Bring Me The Horizon and A Day To Remember.

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