With the sounds of the 60s very much on their mind, Brighton’s Hollow Hand have nevertheless managed to carve out an exquisite psychedelic pop beauty in the form of Star Chamber, recalling The Zombies, The Move, The Beatles, and all those classic bands of the era, as more modern outfits such as Super Furry Animals. “When I recorded the album we were literally affected by the elements, the changing of the seasons,“ says singer/songwriter Max Kinghorn-Mills. “We didn’t have much protection from the outside, if there was a storm we would have to record through it, if the Yamaha DX7 was waterlogged from a breach the night before we’d have to dry it out on the heater and record some other parts first.”
An entirely DIY band, Kinghorn-Mills finds salvation in art. “I’m probably trying to divert my mind from the negative impacts of modernity. Maybe because I just can’t really handle it” he explains. “I try to surround myself with beautiful objects, art, music, stories and ideas because I’m trying desperately to find happiness and navigate my way through life safely. Fantasy has always been a huge attraction for me, romance and mythology in history and art.”
Hollow Hand are supporting Sam Evian at The Hope & Ruin.