Interview - Nova Hands
After an incredibly proggy set at Progathon II from Nova Hands we sat down with front man Matt (lead vocals and guitar) for a quick chat…
Firstly we talked about how long the band have been together. “It’s an odd one” says Matt, “in terms of this line-up possibly only a year, but we all pretty much went to university together and we used to be called Buenos Aires Metro and it sort of developed from that. We are still very much the same band, we are just really solid now so this line up and this style has stuck and we are progressing with this.”
You have this recording out at the moment but I heard you are planning going into the studio. “We already have an EP out already, the J-EP, and in one session we recorded that and another EP; it is all very DIY as our drummer, Tom, is mixing it completely and all we need to do now is get vocals down for the next one and hopefully it will be out this winter. We have a tour in November lined up in the North with a band called Kovax who we absolutely love. They are more riff orientated than us though, riffs you can really sink your teeth into, whereas we have riffs but ours have textures, and light and shade as well. Kovax’s riffs are just down and dirty, nod your head, punch your fist rock, and they are really lovely guys too.”
This is fantastic news, and a Manchester date is a possibility too although it is far too early to confirm as it is all in the planning stages. Matt explains that Joe from Kovax is a promoter as well as being in the band, a jack of all trades. “The plan is to have the second EP ready to co-incide with the tour” continues Matt, “(getting it) out on BandCamp, out on physical, and with this EP we are really going to try and push it and jump in the deep end.”
“With the first EP we were very much testing the water and seeing if we have some sort of fan base to relate to we have received some really positive feedback for it” says Matt, excitedly. And this is understandable as both myself and editor-in-chief, Phil Weller, loved J-EP; it is right up my proggy street!
And finally I ask about where the name Nova Hands came from although it is a far more Prog name than their previous name. “Well….” says Matt hesitating for a moment, I was thinking I stumped him here but he carried on “Buenos Aires Metro was a random Wikipedia article and was rather last minute. We struggled to find a name which nobody had taken before, that was quite individual, was catchy, easy to spell and remember. Nova Hands was just a really old Alien Ant Farm song that no-one had thought of as having for a band name.” Glad I asked now and as the interview wound down we discussed some of their influences. “Definitely Oceansize” Matt responds enthusiastically, “Amplifier, Cardiacs, Karnivool but essentially this band was born out of a love for Oceansize and we are still mourning the loss of that band. And they are my favourite band without a shadow of a doubt.”
With the upcoming tour with Kovax soon to be announced as well as the new EP these are exciting times for Nova Hands. And here at Manchester Rocks we will be shouting out about these as they are formally announced so watch this space.