In case youve been skipping out on the driving, fist-pumping force that is Seattles the Hands over the last year, nows your chance to get primed before their first full-length finally drops next month (Feb. 19 on Selector Sound). Though theyll be celebrating with an actual release show on Feb. 29, the Hands are one of those bands that cant be seen too muchlike Sam Jayne, the Thermals, or the Cant See, they bring an unthwarted dose of high-energy entertainment every time they perform. Live, tracks from their debut EP, So Sweet, like Praying Hands Will Make Fists can spur entire crowds into screaming the chorus. Tales of darkened graveyards come pulsing to life with frontman John Healys vicious yowl on Lies Lies Lies. And while the release show should not be missed, for optimum enjoyment, this prereq comes highly recommended. With the Fucking Eagles, the Knast, and Branden Daniels & Everyone Gets Laid. AJA PECKNOLD
Listen to a sample of The Fucking Eagles' "Out of This World."
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