Boomkat Product Review:
Remastered reissue of Laughing Hands’ incredible, ghostly and whacked out post-punk/industrial cult classic from 1981 - a strong RIYL Two Daughters, Chris Carter’s ‘The Spaces Between’, Dome, Coil, Raime.
The legendary, short-lived band from Melbourne have previously resurfaced on a V-O-D boxset and via Light Sounds Dark in recent years, but mostly, somehow, they’ve escaped the reissue spotlight until now. This reissue of ‘Dog Photos’ rights that wrong with an unmissable reintroduction to their hypnagogic 1981 batch of needling machine rhythms, slurred electronics and possessed vocals.
It’s hard to shake comparisons between Laughing Hands and that era’s most enduring audities, from the spidery rhythms and synth ligature of Chris Carter’s ‘The Spaces Between’, to the plasmic etheric poise of Two Daughters and psychoacoustic seances of Dome, but there’s something really trippy and familiar-but-unheimlich to ‘Dog Photos’ that feels like a real truffle that hasn’t somehow been raked over or snuffled out yet.
The 11 tracks uncannily foreshadow the work of everyone from Raime to CS + Kreme and Elizabethan Collar in the same way as the aforementioned influences, but perhaps even more clearly in their fluid rhythmic persistence and frankly fucking odd blend of disassociated electronics and moments of genuine, immanent lushness. Use yer lugs, it’s not hard to hear this one’s a total doozy!