Open Hand, formed in 1998, has been a force to be reckoned with on the American rock landscape. Always difficult to classify but ultimately born out of the post - hardcore music of the late nineties. Through time, the band has forged ahead constantly melding genres and growing musically. Both “The Dream” (2000 / Trustkill Records) and “You and Me” (2005 / Trustkill Records... co-produced by Open Hand & Paul Malinowski of Shiner) made serious impacts and begged the question, “Is Open Hand the next big thing?” Extensive touring turned the rest of the world on to their live experience.
After a quick label change, the group released “Honey” (2010 / Anodyne Records). The record, co-produced by Open Hand & Hum frontman Matt Talbot, pushed further the limits of what a rock band is supposed to be by incorporating new styles and arrangements. Due to the label folding during Honey’s release, proper touring was put on hold. The band stripped down from a lush 7-piece, complete with back-up singers and keyboards, to a blistering power trio. Never to fall in to easy classification, with the new line-up the band released a 10 minute collage track titled “Mark of the Demon” (2011 / Blacktop Records) that serves as somewhat of a history time capsule of Open Hand.
2013 sees the band with a fresh batch of new songs guaranteed to blow the minds of past, current, and future Open Hand fans. Currently in pre-production is the long awaited follow-up to “Honey” The band has leaked a teaser on YouTube for the upcoming album titled “Weirdo”
With an album in the works and extensive touring plans ahead the future is looking bright for Open Hand
The Hand is: Justin Isham – vocals, guitar
Erik Valentine – bass, vocals
Ethan Novak – drums, vocals