Showing potential is one thing; actually realizing and living up to that potential is what’s really tricky. So many bands come and go in this scene, showing potential with slightly sloppy debut releases only to produce more of the same on their sophomore release. But every once in a while, a band takes an extended look at their previous material, tightens the screws, and shows you that they’re here to stay. It’s important to say all of this, because that’s exactly what Hands Like Houses have done on their new album Unimagine.
Despite showing a unique sound and creative songwriting, the band’s debut effort, Ground Dweller, was all over the place, with a “mad scientist” feel to it. The talent and potential were there, but the execution wasn’t where it needed to be. This time around, those issues aren’t present at all. Beginning with “Developments,” which opens with a somber keyboard arrangement from Jamal Sabet, the song takes off thanks to lead guitarist Matt Cooper. Vocalist Trenton Woodley enters the fray with a cooing verse before the band explodes for one of the albums’ many soaring choruses.
The album’s second track, “Introduced Species,” is arguably its highest peak. The track begins much like “Developments” does, with a keyboard-based opening before the gang chant of “We don’t belong here,” which is used throughout the song, brings on the full instrumentation. Woodley’s vocals shine throughout “Introduced Species,” as he sings powerfully through the verses and bridge while soaring over the gang chants in the chorus, which takes the song to anthemic heights.
Hands Like Houses have released a new song called “A Fire On A Hill” that features a concept video creation of the making for their album artwork via BluntMag. Pre-order the album here and stream and watch the song/video below after the jump.