We caught up with The Velvet Hands following their explosive Isle Of Wight 2019 performance

Music / June 21, 2019
by Johanna Roelich

We can’t quite believe it’s been over a week since we set up camp in Isle Of Wight ready for a weekend of pure electrifying talent. One band in particular that really stood out to us was garage punk rock band, The Velvet Hands. They put on a jaw-droppingly energetic performance, one the crowd couldn’t help but get roped into – it was mental. At that moment we knew we wanted to catch up with them to get to know a little bit more about the four-piece band.

Can you introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about how you came together as a band?

We are the Velvet Hands; Louis Mitchell on drums, Sam Hilder on bass guitar, Dan Able on lead guitar/vocals, and Toby Mitchell on rhythm guitar/vocals.

Describe your style in 3 words

Garage sale rock.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history, who would it be?

 Spinal Tap and Eiffel 65.

Who have been your biggest influencers?

All the people around us, pretty much all bands are in the same boat so it’s good encouragement for each other.

Do you remember the first track you played on repeat?

I remember my folks playing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by the Stones when I was younger, though that was possibly subliminal messaging.

We saw you guys at Isle of Wight festival and you put on an incredible performance! We’ve seen you’re at Y Not Festival this summer too, which we can’t wait for! Who are you most looking forward to seeing over the weekend? 

 We’ve missed IDLES a few times so we’ll probably try and see them. We’re big fans of sports team so we’ll try and get over to those guys. The Damned too, legends, so gotta catch that.

You were ‘one to watch’ on the This Feeling stage at IOW, how did your relationship with them come about and can you talk us through how it’s developed since you were first introduced?

I think we first played for them at 2 and a half(ish) years ago. Ever since then they’ve treated us well and we’ve treated them well, it’s a mutual respect thing. We’ve done a few tours, festivals, and other bits for them since then. Mikey lend a helping hand toward our Liam Gallagher support show. He sent a few tunes to his manager and wife, Debbie, and Liam. They loved it and stuck us on the bill, easy.

What was your biggest highlight from IOW 2019? Whether it being as a band or individual highlights.

Mo Salah making an appearance backstage behind the the This Feeling stage was a definite highlight.

Other than enjoying being up on stage yourselves, who’s performance did you enjoy the most over the weekend?

The Rezner were having it, they always do. We’d not seen the Ninth Wave before and were really impressed by them! 

Are there any new bands that you’re listening to at the minute and really stand out to you?

Sports Team are great, Calva Louise, Avalanche Party, Red Rum Club. There are tonnes to be honest, healthy competition.

For anyone who’s yet to hear your sound, tell them why they should give you a listen and catch you live.

Raw, energetic rock n roll. There’s no script or formula, who knows what we’ll do? Not us. Someone once called us ‘mop top noise pop’, reckon that’s one for the poster.

What’s next for you guys after festival season, where can we catch you next?

Think we’ll do a tour in autumn, we’ll stick out a single around then too! The single is a banger and we can’t wait for people to hear it, we’re playing it live right now along with a bunch of new tracks off the upcoming album so come see us rock out for new tunes. We’ll be around the whole UK so keep an eye out, maybe a bit of Europe too.

Give them a listen, you wont regret it.

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