Hand Habits – ‘Can’t Calm Down’ stream

Hand Habits Can't Calm Down Placeholder Saddle Creek new music

Photo credit: Aubrey Trinnamen

Los Angeles-based Hand Habits have announced details of their new album ‘placeholder’ (out via Saddle Creek on 1 March) and released a stunning video for the poignant lead single ‘can’t calm down’.

An eerie folk song in the vein of Kevin Devine fronting The War On Drugs, ‘can’t calm down’ took around three years to write and features guest vocal contributions from Land of Talk’s Elizabeth Powell. It finds Meg Duffy discussing not going back to the unhappy moments of their childhood: ‘Take me back outside, I don’t want to hear the sound of buzzing lights’ She then reaffirms this by saying how ‘I don’t want to be there’ before repeating the words ‘what if I can’t calm down?’, giving you a glimpse into the anxiety that ‘ancestral damage’ can bring.

Catch Hand Habits on the following tour dates:

Mar 22nd | Bolinas, CA @ Bolinas Community Center >
Mar 23rd | San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall  < $
Mar 25th | Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios %
Mar 26th | Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern %
Mar 29th | Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 30th | Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr 1st | Omaha, NE @ Slowdown *
Apr 2nd | Eau Claire, WI @ The Gallery at The Oxbow Hotel *
Apr 3rd | Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
Apr 4th | Chicago, IL @ Hideout * +
Apr 8th | Troy, NY @ Post Contemporary Church
Apr 9th | – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon Hudson
Apr 10th | New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Apr 11th | Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ^
Apr 12th | Washington, DC @ Songbyrd DC Vinyl Lounge ^
Apr 13th | Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight ^
Apr 14th | Nashville, NC @ The End ^
Apr 15th | Atlanta, GA @ The Earl ^
Apr 16th | New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa ^
Apr 18th | Austin, TX @ Mohawk (Inside) ^
Apr 20th | Albuquerque, NM @ Sanitary Tortilla Factory ^
Apr 21st | Tucson, AZ @ Hotel Congress ^
Apr 22nd | Long Beach @ Living Room LBC ^
Apr 26th | Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg ^
May 3rd | Vlieland, NL @ Here Comes the Summer Festival
May 7th | Bristol, UK @ Crofters Right
May 8th | London, UK @ The Lexington
May 9th | Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival
May 11th | Leeds, UK @ Gold Sounds Festival
May 12th | Manchester, UK @ YES

May 14th | Lille, FR @ La Bulle Cafe
May 15th | Paris, FR @ Supersonic
May 17th | Nyon, CH @ La Paranthese
May 18th | Zurich, CH @ Lauter Festival
May 20th | Munchen, DE @ Hauskonzerte
May 21st | Jena, DE @ Trafo
May 22nd | Berlin, DE @ Kantine am Berghain
May 24th | Brugge, BE @ Cactus Club
May 25th | Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling

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