Lots of Hands hit London for June gig

We talk to singer Billy Woodhouse about new releases, and more

Newcastle-based band Lots of Hands is set to perform at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on June 11. This is the bedroom pop band’s first time performing at the venue, and its first time supporting Teethe, which it cites as a big influence.

Lots of Hands is a quintet consisting of Billy Woodhouse on vocals, Elliot Dryden on guitar, Liam Robinson on bass, Amy Plummer on flute and saxophone, and Ben Reed on drums.

Originally starting as a solo project in 2018, Woodhouse started creating acoustic, melancholy melodies with soft and layered vocals, creating a DIY, ambient atmosphere with their songs. Later, during the 2020 lockdown, they found Elliot Dryden, who helped write lyrics and guitar riffs. When asked to describe their sound in three words, Woodhouse responds with, “music for worms”.

Lots of Hands is due to release its new album, Into a Pretty Room, in October. Inspired by the current bedroom DIY, slacker rock scene, Woodhouse says that the band is very close with all of their peers and bounces off them massively: “Melaina Kol, Teethe, Dead Sullivan and People I Love are all huge inspirations to us, as well as great friends that we hope to meet one day.”

On May 20, Lots of Hands performed as a support act in Brudenell Social Club Leeds for Crywank, an English anti-folk band whom they consider one of its biggest influences.

“Crywank was such a huge inspiration for me when starting out, so it felt very personally rewarding to play with them,” Woodhouse says. “I think with our project specifically, we like to bounce off as many inspirations as we can in the DIY scene, because it is so tight knit. There are so many bands we consider huge inspirations, especially for this current record.”

When creating a new piece of music, Woodhouse says that the process can start in many different ways. Often, it comes from discovering an interesting sound on the music software Logic, or a voice recording that Dryden sends them.

“It always is a process of stretching out a small idea into a finished piece,” says Woodhouse. The band tends to avoid writer’s block – the current record seemingly fell into place as they were making it, and there are always different things that the band focuses on when creating a piece of music.

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