Hands Like Houses are out on the Face to Face tour right now with Our Last Night, The Color Morale, and Out Came The Wolves. Admittedly, HLH is one of my favorite bands so I was excited for this one. It was well worth my two hour drive to get there especially considering these Aussies don’t tour here as often as I would like.
Before I jump into the HLH set, I just want to mention how impressed I was by The Color Morale. I had never seen them. They surprised me with their energy and sound. I heard people around me with similar sentiments. So hats off to them! I will be listening to them more in the future.
After The Color Morale finished their set, Hands Like Houses were up. They came out of the gate strong playing “I Am,” which really helps showcase the incredible vocals of singer Trenton Woodley. Next up was “Colourblind” and it’s awesomely heavy breakdown. Everyone was on their feet jumping around and singing along.
The guys continued with three more songs from their newest full length album, Dissonants, before jumping back to 2013’s Unimagine with “No Parallels.” This briefly separated the old school HLH fans and the new brought along by the success of Dissonants.
I was super excited to hear them play “A Tale of Outer Suburbia,” also off the Unimagine album. It’s my personal favorite and they sounded fantastic. There was just one other that I really wanted to hear and they delivered, playing “Perspectives” second to last. This song has so much raw emotion, it’s hard to not get wrapped up in it.
They closed out the 13 song set perfectly with one of the heavier tracks off Unimagine, “Introduced Species.” Maintaining some crazy energy the whole set, I could have just kept watching them all night. But as we all know, the show must come to end. I decided to check out the merch before making the trek back to Grand Rapids. Wouldn’t you know a couple of the band were back there hanging out. So I got to meet guitarist Alex Pearson and drummer Matt Parkitny. They were super nice and it’s always refreshing to see a band making themselves accessible to their fans.
Overall, a great night; a stellar show. Make sure you catch the Face to Face Tour if you get the chance. They’ll be out for another week or so closing out in Boston before heading home to Australia. Matt did mention to me that they hope to be back this way next year, so let’s all hope for that too!