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, post-punk, jangle pop, power pop
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 a post-punk band from New Zealand influenced by international groups such as The Smiths, Gang of Four, Orange Juice and Talking Heads, as well as NZ bands such as The Mint Chicks and This Night Creeps.[citation needed] Formed from the ashes of Auckland post-punk act Nova Echo, Cut Off Your Hands have since released a number of recordings on the labels Speak N Spell, Fifty One and French Kiss Records.

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)
  • Elroy Finn - drums (2009)


Cut Off Your Hands formed in Auckland in 2006 under the name Shaky Hands. Vocalist Nick Johnston, guitarist Michael Ramirez, bassist Phil Hadfield and drummer Brent Harris were previously in Auckland post-punk act Nova Echo along with Djeisan Suskov. When that band broke up, Johnston formed a new band called Shaky Hands and enlisted Hadfield, Harris and Ramirez.[1] Owing to a Portland band of the same name they changed their name to Cut Off Your Hands (the original title of their debut EP). The name change saw them lose a pre-booked performance on a children's show in the process.[2]

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 and received generally favourable reviews internationally.[3]

In 2009, Michael Ramirez left the band, being replaced by Jonathan Lee. Drummer Brent Harris was forced to take leave from the band due to hearing loss, being replaced by Elroy Finn so that touring could continue in 2009. Harris subsequently rejoined the band at a later date.[4]

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.[2][5][6]



  • 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)
  • "Hate Somebody" (15 November 2016, digital download)
  • "Higher Lows and Lower Highs" (27 January 2017, digital download)


  1. ^ Carew, Anthony (7 September 2007). "Old hands new name". The Age. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Tangari, Joe (23 August 2011). "Cut Off Your Hands". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for You & I by Cut Off Your Hands". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Thorne, Richard. "Cut Off Your Hands - Rather Be Down Than Out". NZ Musician. Archived from the original on 12 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Phares, Heather (16 August 2011). "Hollow: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ James, Matt (16 August 2011). "Hollow: Review". Popmatters. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 

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