Hands Like Houses

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Hands Like Houses
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Hands Like Houses opening for Silverstein in 2015
Background information
OriginCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Years active2008–present
Associated acts
MembersTrenton Woodley
Matt Cooper
Alex Pearson
Joel Tyrrell
Matt Parkitny
Past membersJamal Sabet

Hands Like Houses is an Australian rock band from Canberra. Formed in 2008, the group is currently signed to Hopeless Records and UNFD. Their debut album, Ground Dweller, was released on 13 March 2012 and charted at number 141 on the Billboard Top 200 and number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.[4] Their second album, Unimagine, was released on 23 July 2013, during their route on Warped Tour. The band's third album, Dissonants was released on 26 February 2016, followed by their fourth, Anon., on 12 October 2018.


Formation and Ground Dweller (2008–2013)[edit]

Formed in 2008 from the remnants of other local bands, So Long Safety and Eternal Debut, the band traveled to Chango Studios to record material to record Ground Dweller (which began as an EP, as stated by Woodley) with producer Cameron Mizell. However, the EP never was released and the band decided to re-record some of the tracks and record six new tracks for a full-length album. In 2011, the band released singles for "This Ain't No Place for Animals" and "Lion Skin" (which features a few differences from the one included in their full-length) on iTunes, garnering over 5,000 single sales. They also released a demo version of "One Hundred" in their PureVolume profile.

In January 2012 the band signed with Rise Records[5] and released Ground Dweller, in March,[6] streaming the entire album on the Alternative Press website.[7] Ground Dweller debuted at No. 141 on the Billboard Top 200 and number 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.[4] and has been generally well received.

On 2 May 2012, Hands Like Houses embarked on their first ever tour of the US on Rise Records' The Freshman Class of '12 Tour, supporting The Air I Breathe, Palisades and My Ticket Home.[8] In April 2012 released a video EP named Snow Sessions with acoustic performances of some songs from Ground Dweller. They toured in the United States with We Came as Romans and Attack Attack!, and in the fall of 2012 with Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens on the Collide with the Sky Tour. They joined Pierce the Veil and Woe, Is Me of May/June 2013.

Unimagine and Reimagine (2013 –2014)[edit]

During a UK tour with Pierce the Veil and Woe, Is Me, Hands Like Houses performed new songs from Unimagine, including the lead single "Introduced Species". The album was released in July on Rise. The band performed on the entire 2013 Vans Warped Tour on the #Domo Stage.[citation needed],[9] performing 'Introduced Species' and 'Shapeshifters' off the new album for the duration of the tour. The band released a video during this time for 'A Fire On A Hill', featuring a time lapse of an evolving mural painted by local Canberra artists Alex Lundy & Clare Jackson.[10]

In 2014, the band went on multiple tours to support Unimagine. During February–March they supported Memphis May Fire across the USA with The Word Alive, A Skylit Drive and Beartooth, then completed their first UK headline tour in April supported by Crooks (UK). On returning to the US in late April, the band supported Chiodos on the remaining dates of their 'Devil's Dance' tour, alongside Emarosa, Our Last Night and '68.[11]

In May, the band commenced their first headline run of the USA, supported by Slaves (Jonny Craig), Miss Fortune and Alive Like Me, before returning to Australia for a string of headline shows supported by Forever Ends Here, Breakaway and Far Away Stables. During this period, the band released their third music video for 'A Tale of Outer Suburbia', directed by Joshua Aylett.[12]

After a brief break, in September the band announced a new EP of alternative versions from their previous album, Unimagine. As revealed by the band, Reimagine is a parallel and a rediscovery of Unimagine and we couldn’t be happier with the result." The E.P. was released 16 September 2014. Along with the announcement they released videos for each song from the EP, leading with "Revive (Introduced Species)".

To conclude their year, the band toured across the UK and Europe with British metalcore band Bury Tomorrow, with Slaves and In Hearts Wake supporting on the UK dates.

Dissonants (2015–2017)[edit]

In 2015 Hands Like Houses performed on Silverstein's Discovering the Waterfront 10 Year Anniversary Tour, alongside Beartooth, Major League and My Iron Lung. Prior to beginning the tour, the band recorded a new standalone single "I Am" with Erik Ron at Grey Area Studios in LA. On March 12, the band teased a 30-second clip of a video clip for "I Am", produced by Megan Thompson, with the single to be released on March 17. However, the band released the music video two days early on YouTube.

Hands Like Houses appeared on the UK's renowned Download Festival in mid-June, as well as the entire US Vans Warped Tour in June–August. In addition, they have been announced as main support for Enter Shikari's Australian leg of The Mindsweep World Tour.[13]

The band entered the studio in March, recording their third album with James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore, Go Radio, The Getaway Plan) in St Cloud, FL. The album was released by Rise Records and UNFD, and was originally given a tentative release set for October 2015.[14] The band toured on that year's Vans Warped Tour. They debuted a new song "New Romantics" as part of their set.

On 11 August the band announced via Facebook that their new album is called "Dissonants" and will be released some time this October, and also announced a world tour.[15] The band released the second single from Dissonants, "New Romantics", previously debuted while the band was on Warped Tour, in October. The band later debuted two new songs while on their "Dissonants World Tour", Glasshouse and Perspectives.

In December, Hands Like Houses filled in for The Ghost Inside on the "Big Ass Tour" with A Day to Remember, The Amity Affliction, and Motionless in White after members of The Ghost Inside were injured in a bus crash.[16] Later that month they announced pre-orders for their album would go on sale. The album was released February 26, 2016.[17] A few days later, the band also announced that they will be joining Northlane and In Hearts Wake on their tour, The Equinox Tour, in Australia in June 2016.

They supported Northlane on their Intuition Tour of Australian cities in May 2017, and once again performed on the Warped Tour in America in the summer of 2017.

On June 15, 2017, the band released a new single "Drift" and announced that they had signed to Hopeless Records worldwide excluding Australia and New Zealand, where their partnership with UNFD continues.

Anon (2018–present)[edit]

During the start of 2018, the band appeared at UNIFY festival in Tarwin Lower, as well as embarked on the Resonants acoustic tour.

On 26 July, the band announced they would be releasing their fourth studio album, Anon., set to be released on 12 October through Hopeless Records. The album's first single, "Overthinking", was also released on the same day. [18] Four days later the band announced dates for a headlining tour across North America with Emarosa and Devour the Day.

The album's second single, "Monster", was released on 13 August. On 1 October, WWE announced that "Monster" would be the official theme song for the WWE Super Show-Down pay-per-view on 6 October in Melbourne. [19]

The band released their fourth studio album -Anon. on October 12, 2018 via UNFD. Wall of Sound reviewer Michael Parente scored the album 7.5/10 saying "this album is a refreshing take on the genre, with tight songwriting"[20]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums

Year Album Labels Chart positions[4]
AUS US US Indie US Alt US Rock US Hard Rock
2012 Ground Dweller Rise 141 21 22 38 11
2013 Unimagine 51[22] 37 6 6 10 4
2016 Dissonants Rise, UNFD 7[23] 68 6 7 9 3
2018 Anon. Hopeless, UNFD 4


Year EP Labels Chart positions[4]
US US Indie US Alt US Rock
2012 Snow Sessions Self-released
2014 Reimagine Rise 109 23 20 34


  • "This Ain't No Place for Animals" (2010)
  • "Lion Skin" (2011)
  • "Antarctica" (2012)
  • "Introduced Species" (2013)
  • "A Fire on a Hill" (2013)
  • "Torn" (2014)
  • "Revive (Introduced Species)" (2014)
  • "I Am" (2015)
  • "New Romantics" (2015)
  • "Colourblind" (2016)
  • "Perspectives" (2016)
  • "Drift" (2017)
  • "Overthinking"(2018)
  • "Monster"(2018)


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