Seeing Hands are one of the hottest prospects to come out of Newcastle for some time, bringing a fresh and innovative sound laced with airy indie pop guitar riffs and waves of nostalgia.
We spoke to Kev from the band about the latest track from their upcoming EP ‘Take Me Back’, working with Spanish label Discos de Kirilian and more.
So how did it all start for Seeing Hands? What’s your origin story?
We didn’t actually know each other before all of this believe it or not. Early demos were getting a bit of attention and gig offers started rolling in so we got together through friends of friends. Liam worked in our local bar and we more or less kidnapped him.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard you?
I always say dreamy jangle-pop and met with a blank stare, but I’ll stick to my guns.
Tell us about the new track ‘Take Me Back’.
Take Me Back was originally a nice little acoustic number, we just built it up from there. I wrote it last year and it’s a fun live one. We’re really happy with how it came out. We seem to get a tad more 80’s with every release, but that’s more than welcome.
What can we expect from your upcoming EP?
The EP has a couple of unreleased songs and an old reworked demo. This 6 track release is basically an end of an era EP. We’re writing differently now and have new members so it’s nice to draw a line under a time so we can move on without such a dramatic shift.
How did you get involved with Spanish label Discos de Kirilian?
We’re a big fan of their taste in music, everything they’ve released is great. I have no idea how they found us, but they got in touch and now here we are. We’re very grateful they can help us draw that line.
Who are your biggest influences? And who are you listening to at the moment?
Everything up until this EP, influences have been Wild Nothing, Mac Demarco, Beach House, Tame Impala, Deerhunter all that kind of stuff. Now we’re moving on, influences are more leaning towards older 80’s stuff, Talk Talk, Talking Heads, Prefab Sprout. Right now we’re liking Porches, Tape Waves, and Baywaves. New guys around here you should check out are Headclouds and Callum Pitt. Dems our boys.
How do you usually tackle the songwriting process?
Most of the time it’s music first. I usually tackle the lyrics last, but to me they’re the least important. Honestly when I listen to music the lyrics are the last thing on my mind. If i enjoy or connect with lyrics it’s more of a bonus for me. I love the composition, the structures, melodies. Vocals are just another instrument to me.
What’s been your most memorable experience as Seeing Hands?
Maybe when we played with Day Wave ‘cause I got to pick Jackson’s brain about home recording and whatnot. But that’s a boring answer so maybe when we went to London and got sued by the van hire company. Cliff hanger.
Any big shows lined up? Where can we catch you on tour?
Hold tight. We’ve just got new numbers so still perfecting everything but we will be on the road early next year.