The Others Way Festival 2016 closing act honours went to Cut Off Your Hands, who left fans hanging after their second album Honour in 2008.
Cut Off Your Hands appearance at the sprawling K’rd musical showcase was due to persistence by the festival organisers, explains Nick Johnston, chief songwriter and singer of the band once known as Shaky Hands. The band had been approached several time before.
“Josh sent us a last minute email, "I just wanted to check again..." and Ben [Howe] said “What if you play the album You and I back-to-back”
That option was enough to convince the band that actually never broke up to come back out of necessary hibernation. So, what was it like to get back into the rehearsals for The Others Way?
“We hadn’t played any of the songs in about four years, but our drummer Brent just counted us in and we all started playing. We were all surprised how easy it all came back. It was buzzy.”
Oh Girl (video)
It Doesn't Matter
All songs written by Nick Johnston & Cut Off Your Hands
Performed by Cut Off Your Hands Live @ The Others Way Festival, Galatos, Auckland, September 2nd, 2016
Recorded and produced by Andre Upston for RNZ.