Australian post-hardcore band Hands Like Houses debuted in the late 2000s, joining a crop of stylish but heavy bands that valued singalong melody as much as aggression. Following the 2012 debut Ground Dweller, which charted higher in the U.S. than their native Australia, the band began a steady rise that reached new heights with 2016's Dissonants.
Formed in 2008 by members from disbanded groups Eternal Debut and So Long Safety, Hands Like Houses comprised singer Trenton Woodley, keyboardist Jamal Sebet, drummer Matt Parkitney, guitarists Alexander Pearson and Matt Cooper, and bassist Joel Tyrrell. The band released a few singles in 2011 before the arrival of its 2012 debut full-length, Ground Dweller (Rise). The album charted on the Billboard Top 200, as did its 2013 follow-up, Unimagine.
In 2014, they released the remix EP Reimagine. A couple months later, Sebet parted ways with the group. In April 2015, the band began work with producer James Paul Wisner (Underøath, Paramore) on its third LP. Dissonants was released in February 2016 and shot into the Top Three of the U.S. hard rock chart, peaking in the Australian Top Ten. An international tour followed, which kept the band on the road with acts A Day to Remember, the Amity Affliction, Northlane, and Motionless in White. In 2017, the band signed a deal with Hopeless Records. Their first album for the label, the pop-leaning Anon. arrived in 2018 and featured the singles "Overthinking" and "Monster." ~ Fred Thomas & Neil Z. Yeung