New Zealand band Cut Off Your Hands have announced that they will be releasing the follow up to their 2008 album later this summer. The album entitled Hollow will be a mixture of new sounds and a rediscovered passion for playing music from band front man Nick Johnston. After 2008’s release of You & I, the band embarked on a three year tour and endured many personnel changes within the band, all of which left Johnston feeling a little disillusioned about music and wondering what his future would be.
“Something clicked in the time off between records,” says Johnston. “As I stopped worrying about what we should be doing, I began listening to records out of pure fun again and they ended up really influencing my writing.”
The result is a masterful sound of melancholic guitar riffs and melodies influenced by bands such as Echo & the Bunnymen, the Byrds, Bob Dylan and fellow countrymen the Bats and Bird Nest Roys. This time out, the band knew which direction they wanted this album to go and how they wanted this album to sound.
“A big thing for me was getting out of that songwriting slump,” explains Johnston, “realizing that making music is still meaningful for me.”
Hollow will be released on August 16th via Frenchkiss Records. There are plans for a US tour following the release.
You Should Do Better
Fooling No One
By Your Side
All It Takes
Down and Out