Hands Off Gretel Release New Single “Kiss Me Girl” & Announce UK Tour 

Hands Off Gretel
Hands Off Gretel

Yorkshire four-piece Hands Off Gretel self released their new single ‘Kiss Me Girl’ on 31st August 2018. To coincide with the release the band also have a full UK tour planned for Sept/October, followed by a support tour with The Virginmarys in November. 

Kiss Me Girl Tour Dates 

Sept 1st: Brighton, Patterns

Sept 2nd: Southampton, The Talking Heads

Sept 12th: Leeds, Temple of Boom

Sept 13th: Bristol, Thunderbolt

Sept 14th: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Sept 15th: Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre

Sept 16th: Leicester, The Musician

Sept 27th Manchester, Sonder Festival

Sept 28th, London Camden Rocks Presents, Fest

Sept 29th Bradford, Trash

Oct 5 : Great British Alternative Festival, Skegness

Oct 11: Wolverhampton, The Giffard Arms

Oct 12: Peterborough, The Met Lounge

Oct 13 : Birmingham, Wagon & Horses

Oct 26 Newcastle, The Globe

Oct 27: Edinburgh, The Wee Red Bar

Oct 28th Glasgow, Audio

 The Virginmarys Support Tour 

Nov 20th, Bristol, The Louisina

Nov 21st, London, Hoxton Square B&K

Nov 23rd Leeds, The Brudenell Social Club

Nov 24th Manchester

Nov 28th Glasgow Stereo

‘We have been off the radar for a few months, but we have a lot of new songs under our belt now and we are just revving the engine ready to go full throttle. Kiss Me Girl is gives you a flavour of what’s to come! You are going to be hearing a lot more from us over the next few months!’

Hands Off Gretel channel the best of old skool riot grrrl vwith grunge/pop rock to make a sound that is identifiably and unquestionably now.  The band features Scream queen Lauren Tate (lead vocals, Guitar), Becky Baldwin (Bass guitar, backing vocals), Sean Bon (lead guitar) and Sam Hobbins (Drums). Founding the band at just seventeen, band songwriter and front woman Lauren is also the force behind the band’s recognisable aesthetic, creating all the bands visuals, merchandise and producing all of the bands videos to date, including the latest “kiss Me Girl’ video release.

The band have played over 100 shows, including major festivals, such as Download, Isle of Wight, Rebellion, Camden Rocks Loud Women Festival , Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds Fringe. They have also toured Europe and have played 5 ‘Camden Rocks Presents’ headline London shows in London.

Described as “One of the most exciting new bands” in the ‘Bands To Watch’ feature, Alternative Press premiered the band’s 2015 EP single ‘My Size’ in the US.  Louder Than War cited them as ‘the best alternative rock band to come out of the UK in years’. Tracks from the band’s debut album  in 2016 ‘Burn The Beauty Queen’ were played on Kerrang Radio, Team Rock Radio, BBC Introducing Sheffield, The Rodney Bingenheimer show.

Airplay support – Johnny Doom; Kerrang! Radio; Wyatt Wendells Planet Rock, Christian Carlisle, Adam Winch-Furness, BBC Intro Sheffield; Team Rock Radio; Amazing Radio/ Rodney Bingenheimer, on the Roq, USA, Mike Rogers, InterFM897, Japan.

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!