May 28 2008
No these guys have no relation to Vampire Weekend except their relation of putting out great music. Vampire Hands is a band from my old stomping grounds of Minneapolis. They have been bubbling under the surface for sometime. Just like vampires, they get their strength from the blood of 60's psychedelic rock, but without imitating it. Their sound might be from the past, but it feels fresh and alive. Check out "Opium Typhoon"
This ain't strictly psych, but dudes are probably into SIMPLY SAUCER. And if you want to play the "inspiration KEVIN BACON game" take the current Detroit garage scene highlighted by luminaries THE DETROIT COBRAS, THE WHITE STRIPES, and THE GO, time travel and add BOB SEGER's "Lucy Blue-era" band, and then transport said scene hefty to the Minnesota DIY art nice, where the ghosts shout Hootie Hoo and HUSKER DU. Minneapolis' VAMPIRE HANDS space race backwards across the years amongst the rock and roll asteroids and return from the mission gifting the present day garage rock scene an unique addition to the dramatic art rock styling of bands like ROXY MUSIC and KING CRIMSON.
-CansaFis Foote, No Doctors, Oakland, September 2007
Vampire Hands - "Opium Typhoon" (download)
Here is "Paradise Knife Fights" from their 2007's Cuz It’s A Beach Funeral EP
Vampire Hands - "Paradise Knife Fights" (download)