Thursday 21st September 2017
It’s not every day that you get a personal letter in your mailbox from a band introducing themselves, but that’s exactly what I got from Californian band Hundred Handed. I always take the time to read everything that comes my way, but with such an exciting introduction from the guys who are proclaiming they’re the happiest band around, I jumped at the chance to write back! Listening to their latest single “Miss California” their sound showcases exactly what they’re all about – it’s punchy, lively and ever so dreamy. Hundred Handed are out for a good time and have set their lasers to FUN! I check in with drummer, Drew Langan to find out more.
Hello! I’m Rachel! How are you guys, and what have you been doing with yourselves today?
Hey Rachel! This is Drew from Hundred Handed. We’ve actually been having a pretty mellow day. We’re currently watching Twister (great film, little cheesy) and later we’re going to see a French rapper called MHD at The Fonda. Seriously amazing.
It seems that you’re having a lot fun together right now. What does it mean to be in a band as such good friends?
We are! It means everything. We spend so much time together, we wouldn’t be able to do it if we weren’t best friends. When we started this band, our goal was to have as much fun as possible and to be completely unapologetic about it. So far so good!
You’ve been in other bands previously; but where did you first meet and how did you know you wanted to form a band together?
We first met when we were hopping on a tour bus to spend the next six weeks together. We both kind of joined the same band at the same time and that was right before a tour. We were always on the same page, especially with the type of music we like and want to make. Ten years and a few barrels of Jack Daniel’s later, were still on the same page.
How do you think your past experiences will help you with Hundred Handed?
They’ve already helped a ton. We’ve been doing this long enough that we knew exactly what we wanted to do with this band from the get go. We knew we didn’t want to be too serious, and that we just wanted to make music that we love, that’s FUN, and makes you want to dance your ass off.
You’ve released 3 singles this year with “Miss California” being your latest release. How are you finding the response to your music so far?
It’s been great! The feedback we get is always positive and we’re stoked to know that the fun we’re having translates to the music and to the listener. Did I mention we’re having fun?
What’s your writing process as a band; how do you come together to create the final track, and how do you know when a song is finished?
With us, it’s always different. We don’t have some magical formula that we stick to that works every time. Sometimes It starts with a vocal melody or a lyric idea. Sometimes it’s a guitar riff, or a chord progression. As far as knowing when it’s done, we have a studio in our house, so we just lock ourselves in there until we both love it!
Who are your biggest influences and how do you draw upon your inspirations when writing and performing?
Our influences are all over the place. Jordan likes everything from Blink-182 to Daft Punk to Tina Turner. I’ve got Mariah Carey, Slipknot, and a whole bunch of classic rock. All of our influences have had a hand in shaping who we are musically, so they kind of just nudge their way into our writing and performing even if we’re not consciously drawing on them.
Are you looking to release an EP or album in the near future?
We are! We just finished up a song a few days ago and I believe that was the last one we wanted to finish for an EP. We should have a release date pretty soon.
What’s the music scene like in LA and are there any venues in particular that you enjoy playing?
The music scene here is awesome. There is definitely a ton of music happening, which can make it difficult to sift through, but there’s no denying that that creates a lot of opportunity. Artists can play a lot of shows, and fans can see their favorite artists and hopefully discover some new ones.
What’s the furthest you’ve taken your music so far, and where do you hope it will ultimately lead you to?
Australia is pretty far! Our first show was in Canberra for about 10,000 people. That. Was. Surreal. We want our music to reach as many people as possible, take us around the world, and to the very top at the same time. Total world domination!