on October 6, 2011
New Jersey rockers The Handful are back with a hard edged new release called Wooden Indian.
The opening track, "Walk Into The Light" falls somewhere between the nastiest Molly Hatchet track and Metallica style bombast. It rocks, baby. To quote Spinal Tap, "This one goes to eleven."
Mark Duda is a powerhouse rock singer, and the band just kicks serious ass from start to finish. Say you love the sounds of Taylor Swift? Then you are at the wrong party, baby. The title track, "Wooden Indian" is another good one, just made to be played loud. Great guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. This album rocks. The guys' previous albums Palmistry and Second Hand Smoke were great, each in their own way, but Wooden Indian takes it all up several notches. And now the duo that was The Handful have fleshed out their sound with a complete touring band that is coming to your town. Lock up your daughters, baby. The boys are back in town and they want to rock your socks off.
-Michael Buffalo Smith, universalmusictribe.com
on October 5, 2011
Wooden Indian is the third studio album from The Handful, and their best to date. Whereas The Handful's previous two albums, Palmistry and Second Hand Smoke, were fantastic examples of classic stoner rock, this album has a more diverse modern sound. Vocalist Mark Duda has definitely come into his own on this album, singing with range, confidence, and power. The songwriting on this album ranges from modern heavy rock (Wooden Indian, Walk Into the Light) to hard blues rock (Holy Roller, Junkie), to genre bending modern compositions (Shiver, Tucked Away, The Key). There are the ever-present stoner rock numbers as well (Your Loss Is Freedom). This all makes for an outstanding mix of music held together by the distictive and at times, thunderous, lead vocal. Terrific musicianship and songwriting throughout make this album a solid listen from start to finish.
on March 5, 2012
Holy Crap! Wooden Indian was suggested to me by a friend, as a band that sounded "kind of like early Clutch." While this is true at times, The Handful are so much more than that. Make no mistake, this is a guitar rock album with a bad ass singer and tasty hammond b3 organ, and that's where the Clutch comparison comes in. But the Handful is influenced just as much by Metallica, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who, and Deep Purple, as they are by any post-grunge release. These guys just flat out go for it on every single track. the first track on the disc, "Walk Into the Light," comes off as Dio meets Molly Hatchet; the second track, "Wooden Indian," sounds like Danzig meets Deep Purple; "Ashes" is a modern power ballad with a southern rock twinge; and "Holy Roller," is blistering blues rock a la Mountain. At the end of the day, these guys combine so many different rock influences that they manage to create their own sound entirely. This is a pure rock record meant to be played at high-volume with the windows rolled all the way down. A very pleasant surprise from a band I had not heard of until now. KILLER