Every year, Germany’s HANDS puts together the Forms of Hands festival, a stellar showcase of the talent on the HANDS roster. This year’s event features fourteen artists, a dozen of whom have appeared previously and two newcomers. The label describes it as a “particularly fast-paced edition”, which is a bold statement to make, given what’s come before. The big, noisy party is happening this weekend in Bönen, Germany.
As they have in previous years, HANDS is marking the beginning of the event with a compilation, featuring one track from each of the artists performing. The compilation officially goes on sale with the opening of the festival, but the digital version is available for pre-order now through the label’s Bandcamp page. CDs are available at the festival, and any remaining copies will be offered through the label afterward.
With the moments ticking down until you can download your very own copy, we have a sneak preview of what to expect, in the form of “Planet Earth First” by Winterkälte. The musical project of label founder Udo Wiessmann and Eric de Vries, Winterkalte is synonymous with the straight-up, driving sound of HANDS. The only thing as familiar to fans as their hammering rhythms is their passionate dedication to the environment. Since the beginning, Winterkälte’s song titles have made pointed reference to the dangers of environmental destruction and climate change, just as HANDS has set a high standard for responsibility in physical packaging.
“Planet Earth First” (a retort to “America First”) comes with a gritty new video from DFM of F Squared Media, who also collaborated with the band for “Climate Change Denial”. It’s a melding of sound and visuals that’s at least as much punk rock as it is industrial.
Artists appearing at this year’s Forms of Hands (and on the compilation album) include Orphx, Geistform* and S.K.E.T. All tracks are exclusive to the compilation album.
*UPDATE: Geistform have had to cancel their performance at the festival, and have been replaced by Mono No Aware. The lineup on the compilation, however, remains the same.