Hands Off Gretel @ The BOILEROOM, Guildford, United Kingdom
Hands Off Gretel
Launched Febuary 2015 by Singer/Songwriter Lauren Tate and guitarist Seán Bon, Hands Off Gretel have since been described as "One of the most exciting new bands" in the 'Bands To Watch' feature by US's Alternative Press and 'the best Alternative Rock band to come out of the UK in years' - Ged Babey, Louder Than War.
Early 2016 saw Sam Hobbins(drums) and Joe Scotcher(bass) transform the rythm section line-up, securing a place to play at the Isle of Wight Festival, at their debut gig together, in front of festival organiser John Giddings. In 2016 Lauren fronted one of the youngest bands to ever play Whitby Goth Weekend (age 19), other festivals included, Camden Rocks Festival and Introducing stage at Rebellion Punk Festival, which secured them a retun gig for 2017. They also supported rising 'Ugly Pop' band Skating Polly from the USA on their first UK tour and Scott Putesky (former Marilyn Manson)at the Garage London.
September 2016 the band launched their first 13 track studio album 'Burn The Beauty Queen', following a successful DIY crowd funder backed entirely by their International online fan base. Colourful hand designed merchandise and limited edition exclusives and artwork, snapped up by fans wanting a piece of this history. The band raised 135% of their total in 2 months, smashing their target within weeks and funded the entire release themselves.
The band are the epitomy of DIY with everything, including design of band merchandise, album artwork, video production, photography and tour booking all being undertaken 'in-house' by front woman and band song writer Lauren Tate.
The lead track from the Album 'One Eyed Girl' was premiered by Alternative Press, along with the video. The Album Tracks were featured on the iconic Rodney Beingenheimer's radio show 'Rodney On The Roq' in the USA, with radio play on Kerrang! hosted by Johnny Doom, Airplay in Japan on the InterFM897 radio, Team Rock Radio, BBC Introducing Radio, and many more radio shows across the world.
"In an age of beige bands and nonchalant attitude to music, Hands Off Gretel come kicking and screaming like it's the early '90s and to be honest they are a breath of fresh air" - Uber Rock
Described by critics as 'a new wave of 90's nostalga', influenced by late 80's/ early 90's Feminist 'Riot Grrrl' bands like 'Bikini Kill' and 'Hole', Hands Off Gretel have put their own neon pink stamp on a fresh genre of music for a new generation, with recognition from Shirley Mansen (Garbage) and Brody Dalle (Distillers) who have both followed and shared the bands music.
Hands Off Gretel
"If you’re a fan of grunge, riot grrrl, powerful female vocals and catchy distortion then Hands Off Gretel are a band that need to be on your radar – like right now! - Louder than War
Hands Off Gretel, founded by nineteen year old Lauren Tate are a force to be reckoned with. Taking inspiration from front women like Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, Lauren made it her mission to ensure strong, young women had a voice in today's music industry, presenting an alternative to mainstream pop artists of today. With a voice ranging from guttural screams to the softest sultry raspy tones, there are few front women in rock with a voice quite like hers.
In just over twelve months, Hands Off Gretel have well and truly made their mark on the UK music scene winning fans in Shirley Manson, Linda Perry and Kate Nash. The band are making an impact on the US too - Alternative Press tipped them as “A band you need to know” and premiered their latest DIY video ‘One Eyed Girl’ and the infamous Rodney on the Roq, LA radio presenter is a big fan. The track picked up regular UK airplay from Kerrang Radio and BBC Sheffield Introducing with the video single reached 20 thousand views in just a couple of months.
The four piece alt rock/grunge inspired band from South Yorkshire are incredibly prolific, they have already released a three track EP, a couple of video singles and their debut album, funded entirely through their fanbase was released on 16th Sept 2016 with a string of impressive reviews.
Having already made their mark on the festival circuit playing Camden Rocks, Whitby Goth Weekend and Isle of Wight, Hands Off Gretel are currently touring the Uk with their debut album 'Burn the Beauty Queen'.