Seven Questions In Heaven With Hands

Hands released their full-length debut album, Synesthesia, on April 30th. Today, we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with Hands singer/keyboardist Geoff Halliday.

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
We make music to move to.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
We all really love the Talking Heads, but mostly for the bug suit in Stop Making Sense.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
I bought No Need To Argue by The Cranberries and was transported by the music. My obsession began.

Hands started out as a two-piece band. What prompted the change to your current lineup?
Ryan and I really only hashed out a few very basic ideas before we moved West and met Sean and Alex. Meeting them was the true moment of formation for the band.

It's been a hell of a year for Hands. TIME magazine named you one of "11 Great Bands You Don't Know (But Should)." You've been featured as The Guardian's New Band Of The Day. You played your third consecutive SXSW. What's been the highlight of the past year?
It's hard to pick a highlight out of all of it but I guess for me it was actually a show we just played this past week with Wavves for Red Bull Sound Select. I feel like we're hitting our stride playing live so getting on a bigger stage and letting loose was rad.

Synesthesia comes out on April 30th. Scenario: your favorite rock magazine or website reviews Synesthesia and loves it. How do they describe it in six words or less?
Go see this band live now.

You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
All expressionists painting the audience to our last song of the set, "The Game Is Changing Us." Van Gogh, Chagall, Kandinsky, Munch, and Schiele. Then we could sell the prints at subsequent shows for millions.

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