Australian progressive-rock quintet Hands Like Houses stopped in Cleveland on November 10 while on their Dissonants World Tour. Even though it rained all day, a couple hundred people showed up to the Beachland Ballroom to watch the Aussies take over their city.
To start off the night was local rock band Slow To Speak. The five-piece played five songs to get the crowd warmed up and impressed everyone with the notes lead singer Camden Stolarik hit and when their drummer, Cole Craycraft, stepped up front with a trumpet halfway through their set.
Next was the first touring band of the night, Lexington, Kentucky’s Too Close To Touch. The Epitaph Records artist performed five songs that continued to loosen up the crowd, but didn’t provide anything that truly separated them from the other bands, other than playing well.
South Carolina’s Brigades was next. The Pure Noise Records artist played eight songs and tried to teach the crowd “how to stage dive,” which only lead to one person jumping into the crowd. The band appeared to want the crowd to go harder than their sound would allow them.
Following Brigades was I The Mighty. The quartet played eight songs and the crowd may have let them play all night from how much love they were giving the band. It was obvious that over half the crowd knew the band and sang along to the entire set.
The headliner, Hands Like Houses, closed out the night with the crowd demanding more. During their original 12-song set, the band found the perfect mixture of new songs from their soon-to-be-released album Dissonants and songs from their previous albums. They played four songs off of Dissonants, including their previously released singles from the album and two new ones that haven’t been released yet. Hands Like Houses also played Natalie Imbruglia’s hit “Torn,” which enlisted a massive sing-along from the audience. Speaking of sing-alongs, the band ended with “Introduced Species” and received the words sung back to them. The crowd wasn’t satisfied, though: Before Hands Like Houses could get off the stage, they were demanding more. The Aussies refused to disappoint and came back to perform “No Parallels.” Not only was Hands Like Houses’ set amazing musically, but they have a light show to go with it that enhanced the band’s performance.