After ending 2018 on a high thanks to a 'Best EP' win for their debut Magic Eye (2018 WAM Awards) as well as performances at BIGSOUND, WAMFest, Jungle Love Festival and two packed-out national tours, "the talk of the Perth music scene" (Cool Perth Nights) Demon Days share their new single 'Hands-Free' ahead of a national tour and appearance at Canadian Music Week.
Their first fresh new music since their award-winning debut EP Magic Eye last year which attracted support from triple j, Future Classic, community radio nationwide and saw the band chart on HypeMachine for over a fortnight, 'Hands-Free' is a dextrous manifest of the classy, youthful energy, technical prowess, easy dynamic and message of communal kindness that Demon Days have built their ever-growing reputation on.
Drawing elements from disco, blues, funk and jazz infused with sharp electronic production and a momentous brass outro, 'Hands-Free' is, like all things Demon Days, more complex than it may seem at first, and as triple j's Nkechi Anele notes, the band "is getting more sophisticated with every release"
Like predecessor / "real talk that also happens to totally bop" (Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed) 'Daria's Smile', the video for which premiered via Frankie Magazine earlier this year to support from triple j, rotation with triple j Unearthed and nationwide airplay, 'Hands-Free' is a strong statement from critically acclaimed vocalist Bella Nicholls:
"Hands-Free is my second inquiry into my identity as a feminist, this time looking at sexual assault via the perspective of survivors/victims who are men.
I realised in talking to my friends that there are so many similar stories of men assaulting other men, sometimes around activities like sports and music, as well as women sexually harassing men. The thing that really got under my skin was that no one was talking about it. What needs to be remembered with feminism is that it’s equality for ALL genders.
Society is making men feel uncomfortable and embarrassed to talk about their experiences - which is just leading to the systematic problem of toxic masculinity. This song is for all the ‘Andy’s that have felt too diminished to come forward with their trauma." - Bella Nicholls