Broken Hands are proud to announce the release of their long-awaited debut album Turbulence, on 9th October via So Recordings. A truly ambitious and bold statement of intent, Turbulence has by no means come easily to the psychedelic journeymen, whose approach to their craft is almost unrecognisable to how it was in the very early days.
Canterbury’s Broken Hands formed half a decade ago while teenagers and quickly gained notoriety with their unmissable live performances and acid-tinged, riff heavy rock and by 2014, Broken Hands had achieved more than most bands ever will. Despite sharing stages with heroes including Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones, amassing a loyal fan base and playing shows across the globe, it wasn’t enough and singer Dale Norton felt uncertain of the direction of the band and the music they were making.
But then: an epiphany – in Gatwick airport of all places. I was hearing the jet engines soaring into the sky from Gatwick’s runways,” says singer Norton. “They sounded just like fuzzed-out guitar feedback and festival sound drums crashing. Then came more images: planes taking off and people coming up. Turbulence and Paranoia. Engines charging and pupils dilating…”
The boundless excitement and possibility in travel, flight and exploration gave Dale a new focus and drive to create something truly unique, inspired and limitless. Turbulence was born.
Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Band Of Skulls, Killing Joke), Turbulence recalls superfuzz melodic rush of Queens Of The Stone Age or perhaps The Verve at their early, wigged-out best. Title track ‘Turbulence’ offers a dark rough-and-tumble rumble of riffs while ‘Impact’ captures epic climes that other bands can only dream of. Current single, the blazing ‘Meteor’ hints at what Black Sabbath might have sounded like had they been produced by Joe Meek.
Broken Hands have just unveiled the video to ‘Meteor’, a track that is already championed by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 6music’s Steve Lamacq and XFM’s John Kennedy amongst others. Singer Dale says: “The video was filmed at our Electrowerkz show in London where we rolled out our Silver Landing Program (part of which is silvering the venue head-to-toe in foil). It was our biggest capacity to date and took 284 square metres of silver parachutes to cover it! Once we added strobes the room and crowd went mad! It’s all captured for ‘Meteor’.”
WATCH: Broken Hands – Meteor BELOW:
Broken Hands stormed the BST Hyde Park festival on the bill with Blur last month and have just finished the second of their own JETPOWEREDLUNCHES residency shows, in which the band curate an evening of emerging acts and DJ’s at London’s Power Lunches. The third and final of the series takes place on 14th July and features Demob Happy & Cold Ocean Lies with further tour dates to announced for later in the year in due course.