Lineup: Jonathan MacDonald Miller. Influences: CS Luxem, John Lennon, Brian Eno.
"Hand Sand Hands formed when, as Hands, I received a cease and desist letter from another litigious band named Hands," says Jonathan MacDonald Miller, who recently relocated to Athens from the chilly climes of Minneapolis. "[I] moved to Athens in January to escape the cold," he says.
Miller's Reded EP, released this past July, was a two-song mini-masterpiece, a welcome sign of honest-to-Allah talent. Blending claustrophobic, looped samples with high-soaring vocals, the music was suggestive of early Animal Collective before that band went off the Day-Glo deep end.
Still, while the EP made no secret of its influences, it was a showcase of a singular vision; above all, it held oodles of promise for Hand Sand Hands' local future. A full-length is in the works. Click over to handsandhands.bandcamp.com.
Next Show: Friday, Oct. 19 @ Go Bar