Hands Like Houses are back in the States for their nationwide headlining tour. Joining them in supporting the release of their brand new LP Anon are alt-pop act Emarosa and the up-and-coming rock group Devour The Day. Cloak + Dagger’s James Perry took some stellar shots of the tour’s NYC stop at Gramercy Theatre and had some thoughts to share about the show:
Aussie alt rock act Hands Like Houses came to the big apple on their latest tour in support of their new album Anon that dropped earlier last month. Opening the show were two light alternative acts called Arlington and The Faim.
After the openers was newcomer Devour The Day, a three-piece rock band with elements of nu metal and post grunge sprinkled in. Their sound reminded me of the newer Of Mice & Men records, but with their own brand of heavy and straight up loud. Bassist Joey Walser easily stole the show with the most energetic stage presence of the night.
Next up was Emarosa, a band whose music has steadily evolved over the years from post-hardcore into an alternative pop sound. Singer Bradley Walden, ever the charismatic frontman, commanded the stage and crowd with ease, involving us all in the performance and making us laugh. This guy is the definition of an entertainer.
They played their catchy-as-all-hell new single "Givin' Up" (off of their forthcoming album set to drop in February of 2019), and had backup dancers on stage with them while they played the song. I had never seen anything like that before, and they pulled it off with an almost egregious amount of style.
Hands Like Houses was the perfect blend of the heavy and light. Throughout the set they played songs from their second, third, and newest album, Anon. The whole crowd, including myself was loving every minute of it. Though it is disappointing that they didn't play any songs from their debut record, it was still an awesome set full of sing-alongs and moshing.
Instead of doing the typical 'fake-out' and leaving the stage only to come back a minute later for more songs, the band decided to keep the momentum going. They proceeded with "Drift" and "I Am", two of their heaviest songs, to close the show on a high note. It was a great set, but I hope next time they play "Lion Skin".