Interview With Broken Hands
GROWLIN’ AND A HOWLIN’
There’s a ragged glory to Broken Hands’ output. A rumbling growl and cathartic howl suggests decades on the road (if not the wagon); half-a-lifetime of hard days, wild nights and regretful dawns. The fact that the impossibly youthful band are actually only just embarking on their own rock odyssey is therefore hard to fathom and will probably prove deeply upsetting for the many addled bluesmen forced to symbolically sell their souls to achieve something like it. The roots of rhythm and blues run strong in such young blood, but dare to call what they do ‘classic’ rock and they’ll scoff politely.
Within months of forming the foursome opened Lounge On The Farm, a festival local to their base in Kent. Industry mogul James Endeacott was watching the show, got in touch and it led to a significant link-up with Edwyn Collins. In late-2011 the former Orange Juice singer formed his own new label with Endeacott (Analogue Enhanced Digital) and made the Canterbury quartet its first signings, despite the fact they hadn’t even settled on a name yet. Incubation over, a tour with fellow fresh-faced blues monsters Kill It Kid was followed by a live EP recording at Rockfield Studios and a European jaunt with Band Of Skulls, who selected them from a pile of other hopefuls due to the rawness of their recorded output.
Broken Hands are now evolving rapidly as the old basements and garages give way to increasingly larger spaces, broadening their horizons and their sound. You can download What You’ve Taken here and check out the video to new single Sorrow below.