Am I missing something? They’ve already caught on across the pond; why can’t they catch on here? Unfortunately, Minneapolis may be brushing its most promising indie-rock know-how under the rug. The Idle Hands, local five piece and purveyors of neo-new wave par excellence, have yet to receive their piece of the pie. Due recognition is in order…
Upon returning back to the Cities from San Francisco, frontman Ciaran Daly assembled for himself a group of worthy collaborators. With Daly at the helm, the band wrote their debut collection of songs and set off to Los Angeles to record the tracks with big-time producer Mark Needham. The “Loaded EP” took shape was shortly thereafter independently released.
Meanwhile, London’s LaVolta Records took notice and offered to jumpstart the band in the UK. After an overseas EP release and a small batch of dates in London, I had feared the loss of some great local talent. It seems I counted my misfortunes a bit too soon. The band has since returned to Minneapolis with some new song ideas, and, according to some news from February 2007, a studio date with none other than Mr. Erik Applewick.
The Idle Hands now bide their time while traveling back and forth between Chicago and the Minne-apple. If the concept of just reward is in any way reflected in reality, then the ‘Hands have got a whole lot of good things coming their way.
Sit tight and wait to see what Applewick and the band have yet to unleash. Until then, samples from the debut “Loaded EP”, including the title track and second single “Sunshine On The Tenements”, can be found above.
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