LIVE: Hands Like Houses @ Academy 3, Manchester (25/05/2016)

Date: May 25th 2016
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: I The Mighty / Dead! / The Gospel Youth


A typically rainy Manchester evening welcomes back Australian rock outfit Hands Like Houses on the first show of their headline UK tour in support of their new full-length release, ‘Dissonants’. The show itself was moved from Sound Control to Academy 3, but nobody seems discouraged with the room quickly filling up with eager fans having already waited on the delayed launch of this new record.

Taking up the difficult task of kicking things of tonight are the South Coast boys of The Gospel Youth [6] who quickly dish out their own brand of pop-rock with tracks like ‘DST’ and set closer, ‘Stay Positive’. Perhaps The Gospel Youth could involve the crowd a bit more, but considering they’re a guitarist down due to a recent mishap, they put on a solid performance and start things off well.

Up next are London rock outfit Dead! [7], who waste no time tearing into their riotous set, sounding like a less intense version of Marmozets across tracks such as ‘Phantom’ and ‘You’re So Cheap’. Dead! put on a solid performance tonight, but again don’t involve the crowd too much, which is crucial when providing a unique performance quite different to the other bands on the bill, made only more odd by the frontman Alex Mountford leaving the stage before the last song had even finished.

Californians I The Mighty [7] take to the stage to provide the support performance everyone has been waiting for all night, getting the crowd involved at every point through tracks like ‘Lady Of Death’ and ‘The Lying Eyes Of Miss Erray’Hands Like Houses [9] who immediately whip the crowd into a frenzy with the huge ‘I Am’ and ‘Colourblind’, with frontman Trenton Woodley demonstrating his incredible screaming vocals, and proving that HLH are heading in the right direction with this new record. They also treat fans to a few old favourites; ‘Lion Skin’ and ‘No Parallels’ in particular getting a huge reaction from everybody in the room, and a first ever performance of new track ‘Momentary’, with Woodley explaining the emotion behind the track.

Truly the only downside of tonight’s performance is that it was cut criminally short due to previous sets overrunning and the venue’s curfew, but Hands Like Houses put on a truly brilliant performance in such a small venue, leaving their fans wanting nothing but more of the same from the boys in the future.

Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)