The Velvet Hands (Toby Mitchell, Dan Able, Louis Mitchell and Sam Hilder) blend slacker story-telling and belting guitar riffs reminiscent of The Strokes or contemporaries such as The Vaccines, or Parquet Courts with rousing punk choruses that recall The Clash. Described by The NME as “full of bolshy spirit”, the band’s self-recorded debut album went on to be Huw Stephens Radio 1 Album of the Week. Of that album, Radio X DJ John Kennedy said, “Every single they’ve released is an instant hit as far as I’m concerned”. The singles also caused a stir with tastemaker blogs, described as “Jaw droppingly good” (Gigslutz) and “The second coming of rock and roll” (For The Love of Bands).
Live as on record The Velvet Hands embody the pure unbridled essence of rock ‘n’ rock. Musically with their punchy riff laden tracks, but also in their ability to encapsulate lyrically the feelings of their young generation.