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Norwich band Mammal Hands to play headline show at Epic Studios

Norwich band Mammal Hands. Photo: Tom Barrett

Norwich band Mammal Hands. Photo: Tom Barrett

Tom Barrett

Originally from Norwich, jazz trio Mammal Hands are returning to play a headline show at Epic Studios ahead of their third album release.

Mammal Hands, made up of saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett, have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream with their unique sound growing from long improvised rehearsals.

Their refreshingly original sound draws on an array of influences such as spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own.

‘Shadow Work’, their third album due for release on November 3, is the first that they have self-produced. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios, Gondwana Records home from home in Manchester, it is the result of 18 months of intensive touring and mammoth writing sessions.

The energy from their exhilarating live performances has fed into the writing process and yet there is a quiet reflective side to this album, giving it an expanded emotional range that draws the listener deep into Mammal Hand’s sound world.

Shadow Work builds on the sound of their previous recordings, ‘Animalia’ and the ‘Floa’, but is wider than ever, with the use of prepared piano strings, more prominent effects and field recordings all adding to the band’s most ambitious and accomplished album to date.

2017 tour dates:

24 October – Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds

26 October – Nice N Sleazy in Glasgow

27 October – Band on the Wall in Manchester

10 November – Epic Studios in Norwich

17 November – Patterns in Brighton

20 November – Union Chapel in London

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