Far Out Meets: Introducing Cornish rockers The Velvet Hands who have supported Liam Gallagher
The Velvet Hands are doing things on their own terms, releasing music independently as well as doing it thick and fast with a support slot with Liam Gallagher under their belt at the Eden Project this summer, they are know back with raucous track ‘This Feeling’ and spoke with Far Out all about what they have got up their sleeve next.
Their emphatic debut record Party’s Over came out last year and was made Huw Stephens’ record of the week on BBC Radio 1 which front-man Toby Mitchell told Far Out that it “shocked us all”. They first announced their return with the fiery ‘Don’t Be Nice To Me’ this summer which was the first taster of album number two which they are steadily working away on.
Mitchell took some time out from the making of their new record to talk with Far Out to give us the low-down on what the future holds for The Velvet Hands and an insight into what it’s like being in .
The last few months have been momentous for the four-piece who played a hometown show alongside the iconic Liam Gallagher which at the very venue where it all begun for the band many years ago as fans.
The vocalist explains: “It’s got to be LG. The first gig Dan and I went to see together was The Vaccines at Eden. Palma Violets supported them, and I thought they were a real, proper, famous band! If we can give off that illusion to the 16-year-old’s in the crowd then I’ll be happy. “
Growing up on the Cornish coast is something which shines right through on tracks like ‘Only Blame Myself’ which sounds a little like if FIDLAR came from the South West of England rather than the West Coast of America.
I wondered if this was a sound which consciously or unconsciously influenced them due to their surroundings, to which Mitchell replied: “Probably more than we realise. When we were in college there was a great garage rock / surf scene in Cornwall with bands like The Black Tambourines and Lost Dawn leading the charge. We witnessed some pretty mental shows which really opened our eyes to how fun playing live can be. Ben from Lost Dawn / Golden Dregs recorded our debut album and sprinkled some of that magic over it.”
The Velvet Hands are releasing music at an emphatic rate, which is aligned with what you have to do in the modern music industry and they are doing so independently.
I wanted to know the reason for such a quick-turn around between releases and what it’s like to go from the highs of opening for Liam Gallagher to the lows of returning to your day job the following day.
The vocalist candidly replied: Time waits for no man. Also, when not writing or recording, Sam and I are pulling pints, Dan is painting walls and Louis is staring at them, so it gives us purpose that we don’t otherwise have. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m never getting out of my overdraft, and that’s okay.”
The Velvet Hands start their UK Tour today, check out the dates below and find tickets here.
October 1st – Roadtrip Bar, London October 2nd – Gullivers, Manchester October 3rd – Royal Park, Leeds October 4th – The Jacaranda, Liverpool October 5th – The Fish Factory, Falmouth