RANDOM HAND: NO DEADWEIGHTS AFTER TWENTY YEARS SERVICE
WEST YORKSHIRE’S ska punk icons RANDOM HAND have just dropped their latest single, ‘Deadweight,’ with self-titled fifth album due for release September 29, an album set to redefine their place as one of the UK’s most significant and dependable bands.
As the seemingly unstoppable third wave of ska punk came crashing down on the world of popular music almost two decades ago leaving a misunderstood scene in its wake, Random Hand worked tirelessly on keeping the spirit of the bands that inspired them alive and kicking.
Having taken a brief pause from touring to pursue solo projects after the release of 2015’s ‘Hit Reset’ album, the band are ready to return to the fray with a series gigs confirmed for September and October.
“We pushed ourselves to breaking, then further still,” explained bassist, Joe Tilston. “We stopped to recover and then came back with a passion and energy we didn’t think possible. ‘Random Hand’ have now played over 2000 shows and we are currently curating a series of our own ‘HandFests’ across the UK this year, the first in Leeds in February sold out two days in less than 45 minutes.
“Being in your 20th year, and on album number five, sets you free in certain ways. I think our recent video output has really shown that, and the video for ‘Deadweight’ is no different. Sean Howe (drums) had a silly idea inspired by one of his favourite bands, so we borrowed a load of stuff from our friend’s shop called ‘Amazing Finds’ in Bingley and got to messing about.”
(Photo (c) Danny Payne)
The day after the album’s release, Random Hand headline the London ‘HandFest’ at The Dome, Tufnell Park, joined by: Popes Of Chilitown, The JB Conspiracy, Crazy Arm, Call Me Malcolm, Darko, Tree House Fire, Hell’s Ditch, Mr Shiraz, Roshambo, Traits and Till I’m Bones.
27 Bradford, The Underground
28 Nottingham, The Cold Store
29 Norwich, Arts Centre
30 London, The Dome, HANDFEST
1 Bristol, The Fleece
5 Manchester, Rebellion
6 York, The Crescent
7 Glasgow, Garage Attic
8 Newcastle, Think Tank