Longtime fans will appreciate this release, while it will also appeal to those just being introduced to Hands Like Houses. Lead track “The Water” quickly draws the listener in with the strong vocals of lead vocalist Trenton Woodley and upbeat melodies. Understandably, the track has already seen much success, already approaching 750,000 plays on Spotify in the eight weeks it has been available. “Space” and “Dangerous” follow up with mesmerizing guitars and well-constructed song structures.
Any band that has engaged in their craft for over 10 years will not be without challenges along the way, and Woodley clearly explores some of these themes on the EP. “Maybe I’m burned out…weighed down by the way I’m wired…I feel the weight of expectation on my shoulders,” he sings on “Wired” while lamenting, “I can’t erase my own mistakes,” on “Stranger.”
Despite the understandable complications and obstacles that are part of being seasoned musicians, the EP demonstrates that Hands Like Houses are still very passionate about what they do and are ready to embark upon a new era of the band.