When I had last heard Hands Like Houses, I found them to sound strikingly similar to Panic At The Disco but I was glad to learn that live in concert, Hands Like Houses have a sound all their own. While they were in Holmdel, New Jersey for the first time on the Vans Warped Tour, they played to an amphitheater full of fans patiently waiting for the Australian band to perform.
When Hands Like Houses perform, they really take over a stage. While everyone in the six-man band has their own spot onstage, they’re oftentimes all over the place, easily causing whiplash for the viewer trying desperately to keep up with the band who seem always 15 hours ahead of us ‘mericans. These Aussies really are ahead of us though, even when we’re in the same time zone. Hands Like Houses perform with such a driving force that there just isn’t any room for rest. They’re always performing at breakneck speeds.
While I was disappointed they didn’t perform “A Fire On A Hill”, the feeling was quickly forgotten when set highlights “Shapeshifters”, “Lion Skin”, and the incredibly long titled “Don’t Look Now, I’m Being Followed. Act Normal” were played. Hands Like Houses played some new songs from their upcoming LP, Unimagine along with some old favorites that were welcomed by the crowd. Catch Hands Like Houses and their impressive facial hair on the remainder of the Vans Warped Tour.
Hands Like Houses is Trenton Woodley, Matt Cooper, Joel Tyrrell, Alex Pearson, Matt Parkitny, Jamal Sabet.