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Hands Like Houses: “We’re always having a good time on stage”

Hands Like Houses’ UK tour kicks off today (Wednesday 25th May) at Manchester Academy 3. It’s been a long time coming for the band, who rescheduled the dates from last December so they could finish work on third studio album, ‘Dissonants’. Guitarist Matt Cooper takes advantage of a little downtime in the back of the band’s van to answer a few questions about their upcoming run – you’ll never guess where he likes to hang out while in London…

Will this be your first time playing ‘Dissonants’ material to fans over here?
Indeed! Very much looking forward to it. We’ve been playing ‘Dissonants’ through Australia and America now and it seems to be going down a treat.

What can people who aren’t familiar with your band expect from your live show?
I guess basically it’s just a few hairless monkeys running around on stage screaming, hitting things and pressing wire into wood. But hopefully in a way that’s captivating and entertaining. We’re always having a good time on stage and I guess we hope to express that.

What one thing makes you think ‘that was a good show’ at the end of a performance?
Any crowd surfing, or any eccentric display of crowd enthusiasm really. As long as I haven’t tripped over myself, or gone into a song with the wrong tuning, I’m usually gonna be pretty stoked with the performance!

Is there anywhere you’re especially looking forward to visiting while here, or anything you want to experience?
Each time we head over I always try and make time to go visit Kew Gardens, but my plans are to yet to come to fruition. I suspect this time will be no different. So I’m going to aim small and hopefully achieve high, so I guess I’m looking forward to having a couple of Guinness in a pub, as well as the veggie Wetherspoons brekky. Actually pretty excited.

Do you know who your support acts will be yet? How do you choose who to play with?
I The Mighty from America. Dead!, and The Gospel Youth from the UK. We’re close buds with ITM so asking them to join us was a no brainier, as for Dead! and TGY, we usually get a shortlist of bands emailed to us that we all go through and jam. These two groups sound rad, so looking forward to seeing them live.

How do you think ‘Dissonants’ translates live, compared the the studio version?
I don’t think there’s a great deal of difference. ‘Dissonants’ was written with the intention of being able to perform live as similar as possible to the record. Apart from a few tweaks and improv here and there (as well as a few mistakes) ideally it will reflect the album nicely!

Finally, can you let us in on any of your plans for later in the year?
I don’t think I can. Except it’s looking very likely that we might be returning before the years out.

Hands Like Houses’ tour will visit:


25 Manchester Academy 3
26 Leeds Key Club

27 Glasgow Cathouse
28 Newcastle Uni SU

29 Liverpool Arts Centre Loft

30 Nottingham Bodega

31 Birmingham O2 Institute


01 Southampton Joiners

02 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
03 London O2 Academy Islington

04 Bristol Exchange