Left Hand Free

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"Left Hand Free"
Left Hand Free alt-j.jpg
Single by alt-J
from the album This Is All Yours
Released 7 July 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre Indie rock
Length 2:53
Label Infectious
Songwriter(s) Joe Newman, Thom Green, Gus Unger-Hamilton
Producer(s) Charlie Andrew
alt-J singles chronology
"Hunger of the Pine"
(2014)
"Left Hand Free"
(2014)
"Every Other Freckle"
(2014)

"Hunger of the Pine"
(2014)
"Left Hand Free"
(2014)
"Every Other Freckle"
(2014)

"Left Hand Free" is a song by English indie rock band alt-J. It was released as the second single from the band's second studio album This Is All Yours on 7 July 2014.

Background and composition[edit]

With its Southern rock influences,[1] "Left Hand Free" is atypical for an alt-J song, with the band themselves describing it as "the least Alt-J song ever."[2] The song, written by band members Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gus Unger-Hamilton "in about 20 minutes", was built around a riff that Newman would play during rehearsals and features an organ solo from Unger-Hamilton, while Green's performance on the song was deliberately performed "as clichéd as possible," with "none of [his] personality in it."[2] Contrary to reports that the band wrote the song at the behest of their record company, Unger-Hamilton elaborated that the song was rather "the product of having fun one afternoon in the writers’ studio and enjoying [themselves]", which eventually ended up being the track that the band's American label responded most favorably to.[3]

Release[edit]

"Left Hand Free" was released digitally as the second single from This Is All Yours on 7 July 2014.[4] In the United States, it entered modern rock radio on 15 July 2014 and subsequently peaked at number two on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.[5][6] The song also debuted and peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first entry on the chart and their most successful single in the country to date.[7] On 27 October 2014, a remix by Lido was released as a single.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Left Hand Free" was directed by Ryan Staake and released on 7 August 2014.[9] It depicts a group of American teenagers doing various activities of leisure, including drinking beer, setting off fireworks, driving, and swimming in the Guadalupe River.[10] Reviewer Tim Brayton commented "Since we're never going to see a beer ad directed by David Gordon Green, this is the next best thing. The hook is unbelievably straightforward: ‘in the summer, sexy young people like to have fun with their sexy young friends! Pick-up trucks and getting wet are often involved!’... Some of the shots are fun and relaxed; a surprising number feel worn out, like you will after you've gotten too much sun."[11]

A second official video was also released, which features a group of young adults at a pool party. The party is guarded by bouncers armed with various guns. At the end of the video peoples faces begin to panic and a guard is shot. A helicopter hovers towards the ground and a shootout between the bouncers and the helicopter begins. This causes a panic.

Media usage[edit]

The song is played in the episode "Heartburn" from the fourth season of Suits.[12]

The song appears in the 2016 Marvel Studios film Captain America: Civil War, during the first appearance of Peter Parker / Spider-Man.[13] It is also played during the final credits of the movie.

The song is used as the theme tune for the BBC television series The Interceptor.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[4] 7 July 2014 Digital download Canvasback Music, Atlantic Records
United Kingdom[31] 8 July 2014 Infectious Records
United States[5][32][8] 15 July 2014 Modern rock radio Canvasback Music, Atlantic Records
15 September 2014 Adult album alternative radio
27 October 2014 Digital download (Lido remix) Infectious Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (7 July 2014). "Alt-J Releases 'Left Hand Free' Single: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Richards, Sam (5 July 2014). "Alt-J: 'All the coolest bands are completely normal'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  3. ^ DeVille, Chris (10 September 2014). "Q&A: Alt-J On Making This Is All Yours, Sampling Miley Cyrus, And Soldiering On As A Three-Piece". Stereogum. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Left Hand Free (2014)". United States: 7digital. Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Alternative > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Cite error: The named reference USalt was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  7. ^ a b "alt-J Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Left Hand Free (Lido Remix) – Single by alt-J". iTunes Store. United States: Apple. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Alt-J (7 August 2014). "alt-J – Left Hand Free (Official Video) 1". YouTube. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "American teens party in Alt-J's 'Left Hand Free' video – watch". NME. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Brayton, Tim. "Best Shots: The VMAs". The Antagonie and the Ecstasy. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ http://www.what-song.com/Tvshow/7/Suits/e/786
  13. ^ Pehanick, Maggie (6 May 2016). "The Song That Introduces Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War Is a Total Jam". PopSugar. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  14. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 1272" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 14 July 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – alt-J – Hunger of the Pine" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  16. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – alt-J – Hunger of the Pine" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  20. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  21. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  22. ^ "alt-J Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  23. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Alternative Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2017 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  29. ^ "British single certifications – Alt-J – Left Hand Free". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 January 2017.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Left Hand Free in the search field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ "American single certifications – Alt-J – Left Hand Free". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 1 February 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  31. ^ "Left Hand Free (2014)". United Kingdom: 7digital. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "Triple A > Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 23 August 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.