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Rattlehand playing live in Queen Street Mall
Up-and-coming Brisbane alt-country band Rattlehand will play a free show at the Brisbane Powerhouse this Friday 26 August.
I happened upon Rattlehand last Saturday while striding through the Queen Street Mall. I was a woman in a hurry -- but then I heard the sweet strains of a slightly bluegrassy, slightly bluesy, very tight band, with some wicked harmonica and soaring harmonies, and I just had to go and listen.
I only caught two songs at the end of Rattlehand's set, but they were both well-crafted, well-played, and infectious. This six-piece group had passersbys stopping to tap their toes and even bob around a bit, which is no mean feat in broad daylight in the middle of the city.
I googled Rattlehand when I got home and found out that they're a local outfit that's been attracting positive attention over the past year. They've released an EP, had airplay on JJJ, and toured with high-profile acts including Justin Townes Earl. They describe themselves as alt-country/rock, and claim influences like Wilco, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash.
I won't run through the whole line-up (visit the Rattlehand website for more details and to hear their music), but I can tell you that the six guys who make up the band are all accomplished musicians. And that the usual guitars and drums are given a sweet country feel by mandolin, bullfiddle, and the aforementioned harmonica.
So -- if you have a weakness for outlaw music, if you're a fan of other local alt-country outfits (like Halfway), or if you just think it would be fun to start your weekend with some toe-tappin' tunes -- you can get it all for free when Rattlehand play as part of the Brisbane Powerhouse 'Residents' program at 6pm this Friday.