Written by Christoper Brown. Performed by Christopher Brown, Nick Blaszczyszyn, Robbie Houston and Liam Smith. Produced and mixed by Tom Ungerer.
SONG OF THE DAY: Under - Crooked Hands
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Waldridge FellsCrooked Hands
ARTIST FOCUS #018 - CROOKED HANDS
Crooked Hands is the brainchild of Chester Le Street’s Christopher Brown. With influences as diverse as Bon Iver and Metallica, their sound is indisputably folk and blues based: with its banjos and bottleneck guitar-work, but with the polyglot sensibility of outfits like Grizzly Bear.
Following live shows in late 2011 and air time on 6 Music for their single ‘Under’, Crooked Hands have been biding their time. This month they released two new tracks as half of an EP: ‘Waldridge Fells’ and ‘Elliot.’
Christopher Brown’s voice has garnered much praise from reviewers. He has an unaffected but affecting falsetto, like Matt Stalker of Matt Stalker and The Fables when he gets all up in your grill. He is also excellent when it comes to harmonies. When listening to Crooked Hands, you don’t get a sense of a 3rd put here and a unison plonked there to bolster a melody line. They do harmonies for their own sake, and know how to make them beautiful with unexpected wanderings, blurs and spectral, dissonant chimes.
They are recording a full EP due for release in August. This Saturday, Brown will be playing an acoustic set at the The Head of Steam supporting The Railway Club and Just Handshakes, if you want to hear some of the band’s new material stripped down.
Crooked Hands play The Cumberland Arms at 7.45pm
Words by Jonnie McAloon
Live Date: New Single & Lauch Gig 30th November, Gateshead Old Town Hall
TicketIf you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you may have seen that I have a new single to release with Tiny Lights Records. I am chuffed to announce that I will be releasing my next single ‘Rain’ and B-Side ‘Edinburgh’ on November 26th! Featuring The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde & Produced by Mick Ross the single will be launched at Gateshead Old Town Hall on Friday November 30th in association with BCNE.
I am delighted to be working again with Tiny Lights Records and can happily now report that the single will be launched in physical form as a very limited 7”, on CD and on iTunes & Bandcamp digitally.
The release on November 30th should also be very special so get the date in your diary! Support comes from the brilliant ‘O’Messy Life’ and ‘Crooked Hands’, two of my favourite Newcastle based bands - Physical tickets have already sold out and the online ones are set to go quickly so order yours from Ticketweb today!
If you are on Facebook here is the event invite, please add yourself to keep up to date with all the coming news in the run up to the release.
Keep an eye on www.thelakepoets.com for the track and the official video coming soon. I can’t wait for you to hear the song and see the video; I am very proud of them both and hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I did making them.
Thanks very much for you continued support and hopefully see you at the show on November 30th.
Barry Hyde providing piano on ‘Rain’. Poster by Alice Hair Illustration.