Australian post-hardcore outfit Hands Like Houses are back with their third studio album entitled “Dissonants.” The follow-up to their 2013 breakout “Unimagine” that brought them a great deal of US Popularity, Hands Like Houses are poised to take the next step with this album.
Opening with a band on the track “I Am” the group sets the tone for an album that presents a much more honed and mature sound than their previous work. “Dissonants” is an album that hits like a powerful locomotive, getting stronger as it goes, and that’s not to say the early tracks lack punch, “Perceptives” is a strong guitar riff rooted track with powerful lyrics by Trenton Woodley. One of the strongest songs on the album is the power packing punch of “Glasshouse.”
Perhaps the album’s strongest lyrical cut, “Motion Sickness” jumps out as the kind of song you’ll be seeing lyrics from tattooed on people in the near future. The end of the album, “Bloodlines” is a fitting ending to the album as it keeps with the theme of album of getting stronger, but not always heavier. As many bands tend to gravitate towards packing their albums with nothing but heavy, aggressive tunes, Hands Like Houses has found a spectacular balance between both the heavy and the soft. “Dissonants” is an album that will leave you wanting more, like a great television series or movie, you’ll be craving more instantly with this album.
This album will undoubtedly be putting Hands Like Houses on the map for those who aren’t familiar with them yet. “Dissonants” is an album that moves the group forward in a scene that is fast changing as acts try to keep up with one another. This one will set Hands Like Houses apart from the ones who’ve yet to evolve their sound yet.
Dissonants is out Friday, February 26th via RISE Records.