Australian band Hands Like Houses — who have been building an international profile with such gigs as Vans Warped Tour, the U.K. Download Festival and supporting slots with Pierce the Veil, Sleeping With Sirens and Memphis May Fire — are ramping up for the Feb. 26 release of their third studio album, Dissonants, with the video for the single “Colourblind.” The Rise Records act is exclusively premiering the video today.
“It feels damned good to get this one out — even more so with such a sweet video by our dear friend Megan Thompson,” says singer Trenton Woodley of the song. “ ‘Colourblind is about our cultural obsession with binary ideas — we are black or white, politically left or right, for or against, right or wrong. We’re so caught up in black, white and the infinite shades of gray we forget that we live in a world of color — those we can see and then even deeper, beyond and between.”
Watch the video for “Colourblind” below:
Woodley says Thompson has been responsible “for pretty much every promo photo we’ve ever taken. As we had already shot the ‘I Am’ music video [a standalone track that’s now packaged with Dissonants] with her last year, we already knew each other’s process and creative vision. ‘Colourblind’ is almost a visual sequel and opposite to ‘I Am,’ and between Megan and her team we couldn’t be more excited to have such talented people onboard. And most importantly, it looks awesome.”
Dissonants was produced by James Paul Wisner (Underoath, Paramore), who also helmed Hands Like Houses’ second album, 2013’s Unimagine. The band made a major leap on the Billboard 200 between its debut full-length, 2012’s Ground Dweller, and Unimagine: The former album debuted at No. 141 with 4,000 copies sold in its first week (and 31,000 sold to date), according to Nielsen Music, while the latter arrived at No. 37 and moved 8,000 during its debut week (32,000 to date).
“We’re feeling a powerful mix of relief and excitement in finally releasing Dissonants,” says Woodley. “We knew from pretty early on that this album would make us or it would break us — and it nearly did. But we were honest with ourselves, each other, and most importantly, the music, adopting the mantra, ‘It’s better to get this right than to just get it done.’ And we’re proud to finally say that we’ve done both.”
But the band wasn’t pushed so hard that they forgot how to spell properly. “By the way, yes, there is a ‘u’ in ‘Colourblind,’” says Woodley. “We’re Australian.”
Look for U.S. tour dates for Hands Like Houses to be announced soon.