Grunge-punks Hands Off Gretel have released a new video single as they prepare to begin a headline tour of the UK and Ireland.
The Don’t Touch! tour, which starts in Cork tonight, follows a busy 2019 for the band, which included the release of their highly-acclaimed second album, I Want The World.
They also went on a largely-sold-out 38-date UK and EU tour, and appeared at major festivals including Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling and Y Not.
In anticipation of their next release, The Angry EP, which will be released on their own Puke Pop Records on March 6, they have shared a new video single for Milk, a track from their last album.
Vocalist Lauren Tate, who formed the band in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, in 2015, explained: “Milk is a song I wrote about animal exploitation, which is something I’m so passionate about raising awareness of.
“I’d say it’s one of the heaviest songs we play live and a personal favourite because it means so much and the lyrics deeply resonate with me.
“The imagery in the video portrays animal testing, and shows myself and Becky [Baldwin, bass player] covered with meat cuts. The industry is full of vile practices and seeing that in human form will hopefully help people make the connection.
“I wrote the song about animals, and although this can be related to all forms of exploitation, I wanted the video to be a bold statement: ‘Not your mother, not your milk’.”
Hands Off Gretel bring back the anger of riot grrl, punk and grunge, mixed with bubblegum pop, and the Don’t Touch! tour is their biggest yet.
The Angry EP will be available on CD, limited edition 10in white vinyl and all major download and streaming platforms, and can be pre-ordered now from www.handsoffgretel.co.uk
The three tracks – She Thinks She’s Punk Rock N Roll, Don’t Touch and Bigger Than Me – are all live favourites which fans have repeatedly asked the band to release.
Tate said: “We are looking forward so much to getting back out on tour and kicking off in Ireland, which will be our first time playing there.
“Our tour in 2019 was fantastic; we had so many sold-out gigs and we’re hoping we can do the same in 2020. The crowds have definitely grown and it’s nice to see the hard work finally paying off.
“Playing to a full room is what any band works towards. There are some new venues on the tour as well, which we’re really looking forward to.”
Tickets for all dates are available from: www.handsoffgretel.co.uk