I met the Nebraska band Tie These Hands through my fellow like-minded sometime promoter/station rep/pal Nina, so it was easy to know that I’d want to work with these guys that already had her seal of approval. And they haven’t let me down! This band features 3 brothers, including a set of identical twins, and they remind me a lot of early Death Cab for Cutie, among other things. They’d also fit in pretty well with a lot of fellow Nebraskans Saddle Creek‘s roster, doing their home state proud. The album’s going for adds this week (7/16), and I had more hard copies than I often do so basically every station I’m at all aware of out there got one this time, so you’ve got no excuses – get on it, radio!!
TIE THESE HANDS
Tie These Hands are based out of Lincoln, NE, and came to be when identical twins Aram and Naum Stauffer were in high school. A 2002 debut album was followed by a split release on Redemption Records, then a bit of a lull as life circumstances intervened (and additional member and Stauffer brother Seth did some tracking on The Good Life‘s record Album of the Year). In 2006 the band was approached by a promoter friend from Springfield, MO who was starting a label and wanted them for an album, so in 2007 they were joined by current member Ryan Phillips and released We Work Out on Workers Unite! Records. In 2011 they were contacted by Kilk Records in Japan, who in October of 2012 put out the full-length album, Come On, which they are now self-releasing in the U.S.
Come On was partially recorded in an old group home, using a guitar that survived a house burning down, and engineered by AJ Mogis of Criteria and Lullaby for the Working Class. It is about change, choices, free will, and women.
RIYL: Death Cab For Cutie, Weakerthans, Say Hi, Built To Spill, The Good Life
Start With: 5, 2, 11, 3 FCC CLEAN
Contact me for a download link if you’re a radio rep!