Belfast , County Antrim
Hand Models are a grunge-inspired indie rock band from Belfast. Formed in 2017 the band quickly accumulated multiple plays from BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle and Huw Stephens on BBC Radio One.
Their playful take on 90s college rock honouring classic pop songwriting has returned a spectrum of comparisons from Fang Club to Pixies. Following a spot on the coveted ‘Scratch My Progress’ talent development scheme Hand Models quickly garnered a devoted Belfast following having supported Deap Vally, Fatherson and Jet They also attracted considerable industry attention playing the BBC 6 Music Weekender. Currently nominated in the "Best Emerging Artist" category in 2018's NI Music Prize, Hand Models are going into 2019 with a thumbs up from across the board (no apologies for that awful pun like).
"Skate Shoes is, put simply, one of the finest songs from Northern Ireland in recent years" - Stephen McCauley, BBC Electric Mainline
"Banana is an absolute belter - with it's earworm chorus, it's mental health sentiment, kick ass guitars and awesome video" - The Daily Mirror, 2018
"The Undertones sang about Mars bars and girls - Hand Models sing about girls wearing skate shoes on Botanic Avenue in Belfast. Comparatively fantastic. 'Romantic decisions made by smartphone algorithms' is one of the best lyrics of the decade." - Stuart Bailie, BBC Across the Line.