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THE PARTY STARTS NOW! — Hundred Handed On Making Beautiful Music Together!

THE PARTY STARTS NOW! — Hundred Handed On Making Beautiful Music Together!

The guys from Los Angeles pop-rock band Hundred Handed are doing it right and for all the right reasons! Singer-guitarist Jordan McGraw, bassist Matt Black and drummer Drew Langan joined forces in 2015 after years of playing in other bands that didn’t give them the creative high for which they were searching. Inspired by a plethora of diverse artists, ranging from from Blink-182, Daft Punk, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire and beyond, they quickly found themselves bursting at the seams good vibes, sonically captivating jams and a drive to create the soundtrack that keeps the party going! Serving up heaping helpings of unapologetic energy, Hundred Handed have captured the hearts and minds of music fans from around the globe. In 2017, the band has unleashed several inspiring singles with ‘Vibe,’ ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Miss California’. The best part is they are just getting warmed up! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the guys from Hundred Handed to discuss the formation of the project, the beautiful music they are making together and what the future may hold for this fun-loving band!

Hello, gentleman! Thanks for taking time to answer our questions. I am really excited to help spread the word on what you have created. I have to say I love what I am hearing and I wish you all continued success! 

Thanks! Stoked to chat with ya. You might be the first person to call us gentlemen.

We always like to learn where a musician is coming from. Take us back to your earlier years. What are your first memories of music?

Jordan has, by far, the classiest of all first concerts: Celine Dion. Followed it up with Tina Turner, though, who has been one of our big influences actually. The showmanship is absolutely incredible. The songs are funky as hell… and her legs are almost as nice as Matt Black’s.

Who were your biggest influences as a musician and performer? 

This band is exclusively influenced by Tom Cruise’s performance in ‘Rock of Ages. ‘The way he really embodied the true soul of rock star mixed with the way they made him look taller without a gratuitous use of platform shoes… we can only hope to get there one day. ;)

Finding your way in music doesn’t happen over night. What went into finding your creative voice as musicians?

We all spent a lot of valuable time in bands that were ALMOST exactly what we wanted to be doing. Touring, having fun, making mistakes, and learning how crowds work and responding to certain things and not to others… that experience set us up perfectly to start Hundred Handed. When we started this band, we quite literally locked ourselves in a room and just listened to our favorite music (whether we wanted it to be a part of this sound or not), watched our favorite concerts, and just chopped it up all night about what our ideal picture of this band would be. Now all we have to worry about is having fun and making music!

At what point did you decide you wanted to pursue music professionally?

We wouldn’t be good at anything else! There was never another option… we just had to figure it out on our own time.

You are clearly very driven when it comes to your career. What has kept you inspired throughout the years as artists and helped to fuel your creative fire?

It’s too much fun getting on stage and having fun with hundreds or thousands or even dozens of new best friends. Being able to create something from scratch and then put it out there for people to have their own experiences with is something none of us could ever let go of.

How did you guys initially cross paths and join forces to form Hundred Handed?

Drew and Jordan were hired to be part of a band about a week before the first tour about 7 years ago… barely knew each other when they showed up to the bus… bus caught on fire… started hangin’… history. Matt Black was the guitar tech for the third band that Drew and Jordan were in… We were always the three laughing the most and hanging out so we tricked him into thinking we were handsome enough to stand next to in band pictures.

Obviously, you guys make beautiful music together. What do you bring out in each other creatively?

We just like to have fun. We’ve all been in bands that lost the fun… That’s our first priority.

For people who may be just discovering the band, what can they expect from you sonically?

Hopefully, something they want to show someone else. We want our fans showing up and dancing like idiots… with us.

You released your debut single, “Love Me Like The Weekend,” back in 2015. How have things changed for you, in a creative sense, since first starting out?

We’ve done some physical and sonic self exploration. The latter has kind of lead us to a more deliberate version of what we imagined our sound to be from the get go. It took the first round of songs to get to the second and those to get to the third.

What can you tell us about the songwriting process for the band?

Honestly, we just kind of stumble into each song without a plan and see what happens. Having too concrete of a formula takes the excitement out of it for us.

When it comes to the music you are creating, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration these days?

Other music, movies, comedy, other artists, artwork, stupid jokes that we can’t help but laugh at… anything that gets us excited.

You guys have been releasing a lot of music in 2017, starting off the year with ‘Vibe’ in January, and followed it up with ‘Celebrate’ and then ‘Miss California’ soon after. What do you have in store for fans for the rest of 2017?

We have been recording music nonstop and the hardest thing to do is keep it in… So we’ll be keeping a steady flow of new music all year. We have a wide set of music with a heavy flow.

Writing catchy songs with feeling is hard to do. Which songs came easier and which were harder to nail down?

I don’t know if I agree with that. A good song IS a catchy song. Listen to Michael Jackson Man In the Mirror and try not to sing along. People are hard to fool nowadays. You can’t sing it, not mean it, and be anything more than a flash in the pan.

What do you consider the biggest challenges you have faced together as a band?

Drew’s bunk smells TERRIBLE.

You are no stranger to playing shows. What can fans expect from you in a live setting?

A GOOD FUCKING TIME.

What do you consider your biggest musical milestones as a band?

We heard ourselves on the radio in Australia. Pretty amazing to hear yourself on the radio on the other side of the globe.

Do you have any plans to put an album together or is the focus more on singles at the moment?

We are signed to our own label so we’re having fun making our own way. You can probably expect our impatience to grow. Singles – EP – Album.

Looking back on all you have done and created so far as musicians, how do you feel you have most evolved as artists?

We got Matt Black to wear super skinny jeans.

Where do you see yourself headed musically in the future — short and long term?

More theremin.

What is the best way for fans to help support you at this stage in your career?

Steal our music, buy our music, but most importantly share our music. We just want people excited about what we are creating. We don’t care how you get there.

You can serve as a great inspiration for so many aspiring artists and young people. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey so far?

PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Whatever you want to be good at… Its a muscle. Exercise that muscle or you’ll always be playing catch up.

Where are the best places for us to continue following your adventures online?

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. Anywhere! Find us and talk to us! We love hearing from you guys!

Visit the official website for Hundred Handed at www.hundredhanded.com and check out the lyric video for “Miss California” below!

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Stars In Stereo Release Acoustic Video For “The Broken”

Stars In Stereo Release Acoustic Video For “The Broken”

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Los Angeles based rock group Stars in Stereo have just released an acoustic video for the song “The Broken.” The clip can be seen here. “The Broken” is featured on the band’s self-titled debut, available everywhere April 9th. Pre-order here.

Fans can download the acoustic version of “The Broken” on the band’s Facebook page here.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Broken
2. Violence
3. All Together
4. Dealing Secrets
5. Lie Down
6. Red Eyed Romance
7. Open Your Eyes
8. At The Stroke of Midnight
9. Every Last Thing
10. Queen Of Catastrophe

The band have just wrapped up a nationwide tour with Flyleaf and Drowning Pool, and will be heading out on the road again with Bullet For My Valentine. Dates for the Bullet For My Valentine tour are as follows:

Fri 4/12/2013 Denver, CO – Fillmore
Sat – 4/13/2013 – Salt Lake City, UT – Great Salt Air
Sun – 4/14/2013 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center
Tue – 4/16/2013 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theater
Wed – 4/17/2013 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield
Fri – 4/19/2013 Pomona, CA – The Fox
Sun – 4/21/2013 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee
Tue – 4/23/2013 – Dallas, TX – HOB
Wed – 4/24/2013 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Tue – 4/30/2013 – New York, NY – Roseland
Wed – 5/1/2013 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Fri – 5/3/2013 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
Sun – 5/5/2013 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory Outdoors
Tue – 5/7/2013 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Wed – 5/8/2013 – Ft. Wayne , IN – Expo Center
Fri – 5/10/2013 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Sat – 5/11/2013 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
Wed – 5/15/2013 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth
Fri – 5/17/2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Sun – 5/19/2013 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Tue – 5/21/2013 – Chicago, IL – Riviera
Wed – 5/22/2013 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroo

To stay current on all things SinS be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stars In Stereo Unveil Lyric Video For “Every Last Thing”

Stars In Stereo Unveil Lyric Video For “Every Last Thing”

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Los Angeles based rockers, Stars in Stereo have just unveiled the official lyric video for their song, “Every Last Thing,” which will be on the band’s debut self-titled album releasing on April 9th. The band spoke about the new song stating, “‘Every Last Thing’ is one of the first songs we wrote as a band, so to have it carry through two years of writing and recording to become the first single off of our full length is a really satisfying feeling.”

The band is currently in the midst of their tour with Flyleaf and Drowning Pool. For complete dates and to stay current on all things Stars in Stereo, be sure to check out their official site, www.starsinstereo.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Stars In Stereo debut album hits stores on April 9th and fans can pre-order the album right now!

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Stars in Stereo Unleash Cover Of Nine Inch Nails Classic “Closer”

Stars in Stereo Unleash Cover Of Nine Inch Nails Classic “Closer”

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Los Angeles based rockers, Stars in Stereo have just unveiled a cover of the classic Nine Inch Nails track “Closer”. The cover can be heard here. The band will be releasing their debut self-titled album on April 9th, but will be available from the band on tour starting February 12th. The album features the single “The Broken”, which can be seen here.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Broken
2. Violence
3. All Together
4. Dealing Secrets
5. Lie Down
6. Red Eyed Romance
7. Open Your Eyes
8. At The Stroke of Midnight
9. Every Last Thing
10. Queen Of Catastrophe

The band have also announced that they will be teaming up with Drowning Pool and Flyleaf for a spring tour which kicks off on February 19th in Atlanta. For complete dates and to stay current on all things Stars in Stereo follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Stars In Stereo Set To Release Self-Titled Debut Album On February 12th

Stars In Stereo Set To Release Self-Titled Debut Album On February 12th

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Los Angeles based rockers, Stars in Stereo have just announced the track listing and unveiled the album artwork for their forthcoming debut album Stars in Stereo which arrives on February 12th. The album features the song “The Broken”, the official video for which can be seen here.

The full track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Broken
2. Violence
3. All Together
4. Dealing Secrets
5. Lie Down
6. Red Eyed Romance
7. Open Your Eyes
8. At The Stroke of Midnight
9. Every Last Thing
10. Queen Of Catastrophe

The band had a busy 2012, releasing “The Broken” single on iTunes, and touring with the likes of The Used and Blue October. The band will be hitting the road again in 2013, starting off with a nationwide tour with hard rock heavyweights Drowning Pool and Flyleaf.

Tour dates with Flyleaf and Drowning Pool are as follows:

2/21/13 – TLA  – Philadelphia, PA

2/22/13 – Altar Bar  – Pittsburgh, PA

2/23/13 – Webster Theater  – Hartford, CT

2/24/13 – Crocodile Rock Cafe  – Allentown, PA

2/27/13 The Paramount  – Huntington, NY

2/28/13 Irving Plaza  – New York, NY

3/1/13 The Stony Pony  – Asbury Park, NJ

3/2/13 The Fillmore  – Silver Spring, MD

3/4/13 Chameleon Club  – Lancaster, PA

3/5/13 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH

3/6/13 House of Blues  – Cleveland, OH

3/8/13 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI

3/9/13 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI

3/10/13 House of Blues  – Chicago, IL

3/12/13 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN

3/14/13 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO

3/15/13 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT

3/16/13 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID

3/17/13 Knitting Factory  – Spokane, WA

3/19/13 Knitting Factory – Reno, NV

3/21/13 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

3/22/13 Hard Rock Cafe – Las Vegas, NV

3/23/13 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ

3/24/13 – The Rock – Tucson, AZ

To stay current on all things Stars in Stereo visit their official siteFacebook, and Twitter.

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STARS IN STEREO: Bec Hollcraft Discusses The Band’s Upcoming Debut Album

STARS IN STEREO: Bec Hollcraft Discusses The Band’s Upcoming Debut Album

After going nonstop all summer, coming off a September tour with The Used and an October trek with Blue October, Los Angles based Stars In Stereo have established themselves as one of the most powerful and dedicated bands on the scene. Boosting a roster of ultra-talented musicians, the sky is the limit for this band on the rise. Stars in Stereo is comprised of the lovely and talented Bec Hollcraft on vocals/guitar, Jordan McGraw and Ryan “Frogs” McCormack on guitar, Justin Siegel on bass, and Drew Langan on drums. These five young talents came together with a mutual desire to compose music that is meant to create unity amongst individuality — so far, the results have been amazing! The band also recently unveiled the official video for their first single, “The Broken,” and are currently preparing to unleash their self-titled debut album later this year! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the band’s amazing frontwoman, Bec Hollcraft to discuss the origin of the band, their influences, the challenges of creating their debut album and what fans can expect from the band in the future! 

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What are your first memories of music in your life?

I don’t remember a time without music. I was basically singing songs before I could talk. I remember being in the car with my parents when I was a child and listening to the music they wouldplay which varied from The Carpenters to Carly Simon to random musicals. I would look out the window and pretend it was mesinging those songs. I remember writing my first song when I was around 9 or 10 and how magical that felt. After I wrote the song, I wanted to put music to it so I started learning guitar shortly after.

What made you pursue music as a career instead of going a different route?

I had very supportive parents who always encouraged me to follow my dreams, and my only dream was to be a singer. I was never going to do anything else. There was no backup plan, this was it.

Who would you cite as your biggest influences as an artist?

It’s hard to say because I’ve been influenced by so many different artists. But if I had to choose one, I would say Cyndi Lauper. She has always been so expressive from her fashion to the way she sings. I think her music is timeless and still some of my favorite songs today.

For those who may not be familiar with the band. How did Stars In Stereo form originally?

Justin and Frogs had met each other at school, Justin and Jordan met through mutual friends, Drew met Frogs through another project, and they formed a band previous to this one. They decided to move into a different direction and started writing new music. All they needed was a new singer and they met me after a friend told me about them and I was anxious to start something new myself. We started writing together and recording for the album the next week.

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How did the name of the band originate?

We all come from different parts of the country Portland, LA, Texas, Boston, and Florida. When we were talking about that we realized that all of those places made a star on the map so we developed the name from there.

What can you tell us about your typical writing process?

We all come into the studio with different ideas and we pick which ones we all like the best. We go off what we are all feeling the most and then we don’t leave the room until the song is finished.

You first single and video is “The Broken”. Can you tell us a little about how the song came to life and what it means to you?

All of us in the band have felt broken at some point in our lives. We wanted to write a song that would let people know they aren’t alone when they feel this way. We all believe it’s important to not isolate yourself because of your pain. There is always someone willing to listen who has pain of their own.

You are currently working on a self-titled release. What can you tell us about the status of the album?

It is written, recorded, and ready to be released. Just waiting for the right time. We are so excited to get it out there!

What can fans expect sonically from your debut?

We wanted to create a cinematic feel to the music. We want people to picture the story of the song when they are listening. It’s mostly an upbeat rock album but there are emotive ballads as well that speak from our darkest places. With every song, we try to put the light in the dark.

For the album, you worked with producer Mike Green. What did he bring to the table for this project?

He helped take every song to the next level, whether that was suggesting an added guitar or an extended melody or helping me create an interesting harmony. He is so knowledgeable about music and it blew us away and inspired us.

As an artist, what was the biggest challenge in putting the album together?

Being vulnerable. I was used to being a solo artist before this, but now was writing and recording music with 4 other people who I needed to keep in mind. Making an album is fun, but it’s also very challenging and sometimes gut wrenching. I put my soul into everything I do and it took a while for me to feel comfortable doing that in front of other people.

What is the biggest thing you have you learned about yourself along the way?

I’ve learned how to be more open to new things. I pushed myself vocally to places I never went before and I leaned how important it is for me to just trust people.

You guys have spent much of the Summer and Fall on tour. What has the experience of touring done for the band?

It’s done so many great things. It’s taught us how to be better performers, friends, and musicians. It’s made us tougher and want this more than ever before. We’ve been so lucky to tour with great bands that have inspired us along the way.

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What do you hope that people come away with after seeing your live show?

We hope we gave them an experience that they’ll never forget. We hope they will want reach out to us and be a part of the music and what we do.

It seems like almost everybody has one. Have you ever had a “Spinal Tap Moment” on stage where something totally unexpected has happened?

It is not a rarity for something weird to happen on stage. One time there was a platform in the front middle of the stage where my mic stand goes, and we didn’t have a sound check so I had no idea about it. I ran on stage to my mic to sing and tripped over it and almost fell into the audience. I managed to trip over it 5 more times because I’m incredibly clumsy and lose myself so much on stage. I used to have bad stage fright before this moment. I felt so humiliated but I laugh about it now.

What is the best piece of advice that you can pass along to someone who wants to pursue a career in music?

It is not just a job, it has to be your life. You can’t half ass any of it. I think people fail to realize how much hard work it is, and how it’s not just about being talented. It’s about “owning it”.

In your opinion, what does the future hold for Stars In Stereo? Both long term and short?

It is all of our opinions and aspirations to tour the world and make albums for the rest of our lives.

Anything you want to tell your fans before I let you go?

Thank you for being so passionate and for reaching out to us on our Facebook (facebook.com/starsinstereo), our Twitter (twitter.com/stars_in_stereo) and at our shows. We love hearing from you!

Thanks for taking time out to talk to us. We really look forward to spreading the word on the band! You guys sound great!

Thank you Jason, we appreciate the support!

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