In these days of bland baddies as world mis-leaders you can never have too many glamtastic punx. Hell yeah, then for Hands Off Gretel and their spanking new single ‘Kiss Me Girl’. It probably won’t get them many invitations to play children’s parties, if the video is anything to go by, but it’s femme powered, noisy-sex rock to scream along to on tour (scroll down) this Autumn. A sparky taster of an even busier 2019.
The freshly uploaded, ‘Kiss Me Girl’ video.
Fronted by scream-queen, Lauren Tate, Hands Off Gretel strut a cheeky, sugar-coated mix of heavy garage rock, grunge, and noise pop influenced by No Doubt, Nirvana and PJ Harvey. Lauren, Sean Bon (guitar) Sam Hobbins (drums) and Becky Baldwin (bass) formed the South Yorkshire band in 2015. Pulsing new wave songs for our times, powerfully and colourfully. it’s not taken long for them to gain attention.
In 2016, tracks from their debut album were picked up for radio play by Kerrang!, Team Rock AND BBC Introducing. Last year they played over sixty gigs, major festivals (Download, Isle Of Wight and Rebellion included) plus their first European dates.
Hands Off Gretel have amazing reviews and feedback.
This includes being described as “One of the most exciting new bands” by USA’s mighty Alternative Press and as ‘the best Alternative Rock band to come out of the UK in years’ by Britain’s key alternative music magazine, Louder Than War.
By Autumn 2018, they have also recorded their second album at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales.
With a plethora of video views already, then following this summer of festivals, next year should see their rapid ascendency continue with the new LP.
‘Kiss Me Girl’ – premiered by BBC Introducing Sheffield in UK, and legendary Rodney On The Rock in USA – kicks things off.
Undoubtedly on the *Best New Bands of 2019* radar (of the discerning), get your ears on Hands Off Gretel. Experience them rocking hard towards their next accolades on the Kiss Me Girl Tour:
Sept 1st: Brighton, Patterns
Sept 2nd: Southampton, The Talking Heads
Sept 12th: Leeds, Temple of Boom
Sept 13th: Bristol, Thunderbolt
Sept 14th: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Sept 15th: Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre
Sept 16th: Leicester, The Musician
Sept 27th Manchester, Sonder Festival
Sept 28th, London Camden Rocks Presents, Fest
Sept 29th Bradford, Trash
Oct 5 : Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness
Oct 11: Wolverhampton, The Giffard Arms
Oct 12: Peterborough, The Met Lounge
Oct 13 : Birmingham, Wagon & Horses
Oct 26 Newcastle, The Globe
Oct 27: Edinburgh, The Wee Red Bar
Oct 28th Glasgow, Audio
The Virginmarys Support
Nov 20th, Bristol
Nov 21st, London
Nov 23rd Leeds
Nov 24th Manchester
Nov 28th Glasgow
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