Fake Laugh, Day Wave, Swimming Tapes… it’s hard not to fall for dreamy jangle-pop that evokes the hazy summers of yesteryear. Go ahead and add Seeing Hands to that esteemed list of newcomers, because the Newcastle band share the same wondrous knack for floaty melodies and airy guitar lines; the sort that seem most fitting on frowning shores with blood-orange dusk as the backdrop.
Now releasing their fourth single ‘Take Me Back’, to be swiftly followed by a six track EP at the end of October on Spanish label Discos de Kirlian, we caught up with frontman and founder Kev Curran to get the skinny on all things Seeing Hands.
‘Take Me Back’ is a terrific tune. How did the track come about?
“Thank you – glad you like it. I wrote the song about a year ago on acoustic during a tiff with an ex. It’s definitely not a break-up song, but one that touches on lust and realising what you could lose if you don’t buck up your ideas.”
How did Seeing Hands start out?
“I’ve wrote tunes since I got my first guitar at 13. I never knew how to record or anything like that. For years I would always try and play the chords and the melody at the same time, as well as singing, just so I could perform as much of the song that was in my head as possible. It was never good enough though. I’ve only learnt how to record recently and the first demo I put out gained some attention, so it was inevitable to put a band together.”
What inspired your name?
“I was travelling around Southeast Asia a few years ago, and there was this organisation in Cambodia called Seeing Hands. Basically, they teach blind people to become masseuse. I thought it was really cool and it stuck with me. They have it in Napal too.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Right now, everything up until this EP… Wild Nothing, Real Estate, Beach House, The Smiths, Mac DeMarco, Tame Impala, The Cure, Deerhunter. Once this EP is out though we’ve switched it right up and we’re going ridiculous 80s: Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Prefab Sprout.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“We played with Dave Wave and Turnover and it was great to meet bands who are on our wave length, but doing so well. I’m just listening to Ducktails while I write this, crying a little. Listen to Tape Waves also!”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Seeing Hands?
“The rest of 2017 is writing and warming up our new members. 2018 however, I have collaborations in mind, an album, a tour, and maybe some Tina Turner shit.”