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THE VELVET HANDS – ‘Party’s Over’ Album Review


The Velvet HandsThe Velvet Hands blend slacker story-telling and belting guitar riffs reminiscent of The Strokes or contemporaries such as The Vaccines, with rousing punk choruses that recall The Clash.

Still barely out of their teens, The Velvet Hands were born out of the NME coined ‘Kernow Wave’, Cornwall’s blistering garage-rock scene, and are now a focal point of London’s underground guitar scene.

Party’s Over opens with the single Sick Of Living where a clean guitar riff is joined by some pounding bass and driving drums to create one of the loudest and dirtiest guitar driven tracks I’ve heard in a long time – this one just rocks! The next effort is another of the earlier singles, Only Blame Myself is a little (just a little) more restrained soaking with melody and some super bass guitar.

On Trains, the song builds from a bass and drum opening to be joined by feedback and then a chunky riff supports a Vaccines style vocal with great melody throughout. Another of the bands earlier singles, Curtains Closed is next with a 1950s ballad vibe albeit with a slightly off-kilter Libertines style looseness and the follow up, Habit dials up the pace and power with a fast guitar lick laid over pacey drums and bass with vocals dripping with irony and sarcasm.

Gimme Some Time returns to that 1950s/60s vibe replete with deep voiced vocals all with a garage rock underpinning whilst I Don’t Mind sees a punchy drum beat support some vocal harmonies and hook after hook of guitars. The party is far from over on the fun packed Everyone Is Dead with excellent lyrics and a loose DIY punk backing that will pack the dance floor!

The twelve-track album continues with the super-hooky Games where The Velvet Hands showcase dual and dueling lead vocals in true Libertines style that just rocks. The bluesy rocker, Birthday Blues brings the Rolling Stones and Beatles to mind with harmonies over licks and riffs that Keith Richards would love.  The penultimate track is the title track, Party’s Over starts with ambient voices at a party giving way to a lovely riff reminiscent of Cornershop!

The last song, fittingly titled, The End is a waltz, a ballad and like the entire album, it is loose yet tight, DIY yet polished, restrained yet powerful…this is one excellent effort and an early contender for album of the year!

Get Party’s Over by The Velvet Hands here: http://thevelvethands.get-ctrl.com/#/