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Small Hands

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1.) “Oh look, it’s another local underground supergroup. If anything, Small Hands are probably deserving of the term even if the members themselves aren’t fond of being called such. This relatively new quartet is composed of Typecast’s Chi Resurreccion on bass, Tani Cariño (of Neverdie and Lindenwood) on guitar and vocals, Sep Roño (of Walk Me Home, also Typecast’s current live drummer) on drums, and Game Theory’s Alva Presbiterio on vocals and guitar. Undeniably, it’s a talented lineup, and a prolific one at that; barely a year old, Small Hands have written, recorded, and released a five-song EP, Wet Dog, in a matter of months, and its first single, “Clasped Hands; Timid Hearts,” is notable enough for having an artfully-placed semicolon in its title instead of the usual comma.

Seriously, though, it’s a great song. Like most of the other tracks on their debut EP, “Clasped Hands” is a short but satisfying rush of angular, melodic punk that runs for a little over two minutes. It opens with a hardcore-fast flurry of snare hits and clean, jagged chords that no Fugazi fan can possibly resist, and then the music shifts to a steady waltz. Presbiterio and Cariño sing the first verse and refrain respectively with compelling Weezer-esque melodies, and then proceed to combine their voices on one of the most effectively executed boy-girl choruses I’ve heard in a while.

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