The Hands Are Dirty

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While studying at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, John, Eli, Jordan, Michael, and Cary (together, the Hands) played alongside one another at house parties and dive bars. They rocked, they rolled, they became friends and bandmates. Now, with their debut, self-titled LP, the Seattle-based quintet are set to release what one insider describes as “the Strokes, if they were loggers instead of Swiss boarding-school, model-dating types.” The album opens with what sounds like a wounded schnauzer falsetto, and unravels into a beat-driven, fist-pumping collection of folk music for kegger folk. And, most importantly, their ditties—when played correctly—are absolutely deafening. Bang on. —Nick Haramis

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