The debut album from newly-formed Manchester three-piece Handle, consisting of former D.U.D.S. members Giulio Erasmus and Nirvana Heire plus the multi-disciplinary artist Leo Hermitt. Placing intelligent political and social commentary at the heart of their urgent, disorientating dance-punk sound, In Threes is a future classic.
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Congratulations to Handle for becoming recent inductees to New Weird Britain, the Quietus’ long running column about some of the more interesting releases from our shores. And before you ask, ‘In Threes’ does tick all three boxes.
Their's is a slightly weirder version of the stripped back post/dance punk sound that has recently found a host in the wonderful Shopping. This combination of big bass, jangly guitars and drums with loads of cowbell are the legacy of the likes of ESG and Liquid Liquid, and is still very much as potent as it was then. It’s probably Liquid Liquid that Handle bring to mind most, not just in their ability to get kinda abstract without losing their fire, but also in vocalist Leo Hermitt’s vocals that, much like Sal Principato’s, function as an extra set of percussion. Opener ‘Vocal Exercise’ sees Hermit squealing and making drum sounds while the rest of Handle groove on.
‘In Threes’ is incredibly short, running at a tight 25:09, and while that would usually please me to no end, I do think Handle could pull off something a bit heftier. I’d love to see what the ecstatic ‘What It Does’ would send like even at five minutes long. The drumming on here is always wonderful and inventive, and because all three musicians are always colliding rhythmically, I want to hear more permutations, and more variations. Just more really.
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