Hands Off Gretel – Saturday 9th May 2020
Hands Off Gretel are a sassy alt rock/grunge pop band from South Yorkshire, who have built themselves a solid live reputation, for a high energy shows that are musically dynamic and visually compelling.
Hands Off Gretel have created the perfect soundtrack of sugar-coated grunge-punk to vent and rail against the issues of body image, mental health, celebrity, childhood and loneliness all of which were addressed from a fiercely female, unapologetic, feminist perspective.
Over the last few years they have gigged relentlessly and swelled their UK and international fan base, resulting in a largely sold out UK album tour, busy European dates and appearances at major festivals including, Isle of Wight, Camden Rocks Festival, Y Not and Kendal Calling. They have also played the BBC Introducing stages at Tramlines and Humber Street Sesh.
The band have received critical acclaim on their self-released album “I Want The World’ (2019). With Classic Rock putting this at No.15 in the Top 50 rock albums of 2019 ‘so far’ and Kerrang Magazine giving it a solid 4/5 Ks.
“This is music that hits it cues with well chosen melodies and sky size choruses.. Brimming with clever arrangements and nifty musical tricks, Hands Off Gretel make a lasting impression.” – [4/5] Kerrang!
“a beautifully brutal album […] an early contender for my album of the year” – [9/10] Original Rock
“In Tate, they’ve got a voice and presence with a unique combination of snarl and sweetness. And that novel pairing extends beautifully to the band’s sound throughout this release.” – [4/5] Louder Than War
The band have been tipped by many industry taste makers as ‘Ones to Watch’, including Alternative Press, PRS Foundation (Emerging Artist Winners) and ‘This Feeling’ who tipped them for their #Bigin2019, including a showcase on ‘This Feeling TV’, supporting Miles Kane. They have been added Spotify’s Hot New Bands Playlist and the band have had great coverage in Kerrang Magazine, Vive Le Rock, Classic Rock Magazine and many more.
The band has received regular airplay from their local BBC Introducing team in Sheffield and airplay on 6Music with Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson. Tracks from the bands album “I Want The World’ have also been play-listed with Planet Rock and Kerrang Radio, with “Its My Fault’ being selected by Sophie K as track of the week on Kerrang Radio and Kerrang’s Spotify Play-list.
The band has a strong DIY ethic, with all of the bands visuals, videos; merchandise designs being created by front woman Lauren Tate. Three of these self-produced videos have gone on to secure Video of The Week with Louder Sound.
Hands Off Gretel is Lauren Tate (guitar, vox), Sean Bon (guitar), Sam Hobbins (drums) and Becky Baldwin (bass).
“If you’re a fan of Gwen Stefani style swagger or Nirvana-esque grunge, then you are going love Hands Off Gretel.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Hands Off Gretel, drink deep from the well of 90’s grunge. A riotous tangle of bubblegum riffs and rebel girl swagger” – Planet Rock Magazine
“HOG is possibly the best young band in the country” – Ramzine
“Hands Off Gretel are at the top of their game at the moment and it feels as if they are on the cusp of blowing up.” – Mind Noise Network
“A breath of fresh air to the music industry, they’ve built their reputation on raw talent and hard work, mixing energy, passion and style” – Louder Than War
“One of the most exciting new bands” – Alternative Press
“A beautifully polished ballet of chaos, costume and drama presenting lyrics that echoes the angst and vulnerability of growing up in 21st century Britain.” – Northern Exposure
“there are some songs in here that should be amongst the biggest hits of the year. I’m going to call it, this is my album of the year so far” – Three Songs and Out