Cut Off Your Hands

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Cut Off Your Hands
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Cut Off Your Hands performing at Falls Festival, 2007
Background information
Also known as Shaky Hands (until 2006)
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Indie rock, indie punk
Years active 2006–present
Labels French Kiss
Speak N Spell
Fifty One
Members Nick Johnston
Phil Hadfield
Jonathan Lee
Brent Harris
Past members Michael Ramirez
Elroy Finn[citation needed]

Cut Off Your Hands (COYH) is an indie pop band from New Zealand influenced largely by post punk and indie pop groups such as The Smiths, Gang of Four, Orange Juice, Talking Heads, as well as NZ post-punk of The Mint Chicks and This Night Creeps.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

  • Nick Johnston – lead vocals
  • Philip Hadfield – bass, backing vocals
  • Brent Harris – drums, backing vocals
  • Jonathan Lee – guitar, backing vocals
  • Michael Ramirez – guitar, backing vocals (2006–2009)


The band formed in Auckland in 2006, originally comprising lead vocalist Nick Johnson, guitarist Michael Ramirez, bassist Phil Hadfield and drummer Brent Harris. They were originally called Shaky Hands but were forced to change due to the Portland band of the same name (and lost a pre-booked gig on a children's show in the process).[1]

The band released a number of EPs and in 2008 released their debut album You & I which reached number 21 on the New Zealand music charts.

In 2009, Michael Ramirez left the band, which lead Jonathan Lee to take his place.

In 2011, the band released their follow-up album Hollow. Reception was generally favourable, with critics praising their sound maturing while retaining the energy of their debut.[1][2][3]



  • You & I (2008) #21 NZ
  • Hollow (2011)


  • Shaky Hands (August 2006, October 2007 in North America)
  • Blue on Blue (July 2007)
  • Happy as Can Be (October 2008)
  • Happy as Can Be#Digital Download - Live at Lime performance|Live at Lime presents Cut Off Your Hands (November 2008; digital download)


  • "Still Fond/Closed Eyes" (8 October 2007; 7", digital download)
  • "Closed Eyes (Remix)" (12 November 2007; 12", digital download)
  • "Oh Girl/Turn Cold" (January 2008; 7")
  • "Expectations/The Witch (Sonics cover)" (18 August 2008; 7")
  • "Happy as Can Be" (2008)
  • "Turn Cold" (23 January 2009)
  • "You Should Do Better" (2011)
  • "Fooling No One" (2011)
  • "Hollowed Out" (2011)


  1. ^ a b Tangari, Joe (23 August 2011). "Cut Off Your Hands". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather (16 August 2011). "Hollow: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ James, Matt (16 August 2011). "Hollow: Review". Popmatters. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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