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Canberra’s Hands like Horses are about to release their latest EP Reimagine, featuring a collection of songs from their last album played acoustically. Tomatrax caught up with Trenton Woodley, the band’s lead singer, to discuss their latest release.

You’re about to release an EP consisting of alternate versions of songs from your unimagine album, how did this concept come about?

We’ve always enjoyed revisiting songs acoustically, or use it as a writing tool to strengthen our connection to the ‘core’ of a song – so it was a very natural process.

Was it hard to pick which songs you would re-do for the EP?

Definitely – obviously there are the most popular songs and our own favourites, but it really just came down to what was working – by writing the songs by playing them live as a whole band, it meant that if it worked, it stuck and we built up from there.

Are there plans to release alternate versions to the other tracks on the album?

Nothing immediate, we have an album to write for next year so while it may be possible in future, we’re quite content with what we’ve done with it so far.

How does making this kind of release compare with making an album of “new” tracks?

It’s a lot more relaxed – we never announced or even planned anything until the music came together. Once we had enough songs to make up an EP, we booked the studio time between tours and once that was finished, we started working on the release dates etc. By having no deadlines or expectations around it, we had the time and space to make sure everything was right before we moved on to the next step.

You’re about to tour Australia, what can fans expect from your show?

Songs, about things, with loud instruments and sing-alongs. Our goal is to enjoy ourselves and share our music with anyone that wants to listen and enjoy themselves in turn. It works pretty well really.

Six members is quite a lot for a band, is it hard for everyone to work together given the size?

We have pretty diverse and individual personalities so it does make some aspects of decision making hard but we all know our place within the band and have similar goals in mind for where we want to be.

Following a rumour you said you might release a song titled Ladder on tables, has there been any progress on this?

I honestly have no idea where this rumour came from – someone put it on our Wikipedia page and suddenly everyone is asking about it. No, there is no such song. But for a laugh I might try turn it into one as the writing comes together for the album in the next few months. Still, bizarre situation and we’re still not sure where it came from beyond that.

What is the Canberra music scene like these days?

Pretty tough. There’s extremely few quality venues and they tend to come and go regularly so there isn’t much of a solid ‘scene’ happening. Lots of little bubbles and communities but it is slowly – slowly – coming back around. We hope to see some more government and arts support for All Ages venues in particular – music is an incredibly powerful cultural tool and expression and young people need pathways and outlets to explore it.

Where did the name Hand Like Houses come from?

It’s an indirect reference to a movie called ‘The Science of Sleep’ by director Michel Gondry. It’s taken on a meaning something like ‘creating a safe place by holding on to the things most important’ but it’s not meant to be this big abstract statement. It just gelled with the direction we wanted to take in forming and it’s fit well since, despite the frustratingly regular occurrence of ‘hands like horses’ findings its way onto worksheets or the occasional media outlet.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

When we have a new release, yeah, I think it’s just about being proud and comparing it in your head to the ideas that made it up. But I haven’t listened to Unimagine in a while and GD in forever!

What other music do you listen to?

We listen to a bit of everything and it depends entirely on which member of the band you ask on what day haha! Personally I’m listening currently to Deaf Havana, Linkin Park and Northlane, none of which is exceptionally new but enjoying it thoroughly all the same. Then again I’m listening to Sia, Karnivool and Silverchair too. And Thrice. Yeah this could get long so I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

What do you plan on doing after the tour?

Tour keeps on into Singapore and Malaysia after Australia, then UK and Europe with Bury Tomorrow, In Hearts Wake and Slaves (US) which will be great. After that we head home to hopefully put together the bulk of the album for next year and get set up for 2015 touring. Never much of a rest really, but that’s the game we play! Looking forward to what next year brings.

HANDS LIKE HOUSES
AUSTRALIAN HEADLINE TOUR – SEP–OCT 2014
With Guests Forever Ends Here

Tickets Available at http://wl.eventopia.co/handslikehouses

FRI 12 SEP – FOWLERS, ADELAIDE SA (LIC/AA)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway

SAT 13 SEP – DING DONG, MELBOURNE VIC (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway

SUN 14 SEP – WRANGLER STUDIOS, FOOTSCRAY VIC (AA)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Breakaway

THU 18 SEP – BOAMBEE COMMUNITY CENTRE, COFFS HARBOUR QLD (AA) *
with guests Far Away Stables

FRI 19 SEP – CROWBAR, BRISBANE QLD (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables

SAT 20 SEP – SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE NSW (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables

SUN 21 SEP – BALD FACED STAG, SYDNEY NSW (LIC/AA)
with guests Forever Ends Here, Far Away Stables, Breakaway

SAT 27 SEP – ANU BAR, CANBERRA ACT (18+)
with guests Forever Ends Here

WED 1 OCT – HQ, PERTH WA (AA) **
Local supports TBC

THU 2 OCT – AMPLIFIER, PERTH WA (18+) **
Local supports TBC

* Forever Ends Here not appearing
** HLH only and local supports

Check out Hands like Houses website to find out more!

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