Get familiar with Crossed Hands' Melodic Hardcore kick ass sound out of France.
Meet the Melodic Hardcore band out of Paris, France, called Crossed Hands that formed in 2016 and released their first EP Take Each Day As A Lesson shortly after. But changes were around the corner as the current lineup isn't the one from the start, with only Clément Simiand (Vocals) and Jeremy Lhomme (Guitar) being part of the original formation, and Pierre Cantin (Bass) and Chad Menu (Drums) coming in the mix in 2018.
As you can imagine, a change of lineup takes some time to settle, and Crossed Hands took 2018 as a bit of a timeout from the spotlight, but that gave them the chance to work on their music, and that quickly resulted in a come back. 2019 was the year Crossed Hands returned to the scene with the tracks ‘Second’ and later ‘Harbours’.
The latest single from the French band is 'Nxt10' that came out on the 14th of May 2020 and in the same period they were supposed to play three gigs in the UK, that have of course been cancelled, but the boys will make them happen as soon as it's possible again, as live shows is what give a band a chance to create a real connection with fans and other musicians, already having shared the stage with bands like Betraying the Martyrs, NAKHT, My Ink Leads Fools and Lock & Key.
Lead singer Clément said about the track: "It’s about the difficulty of being human in a fast-paced world. When we think there’s only one way to live, and that is to follow, we tend to forget that we fight for the same cause, that we're all on the same ship. This song marks a new style of writing for us that we plan to explore further in our next release".
You would think someone like me would love Hardcore no questions asked, but it's not a genre that seems to gel with my musical tastes too much. But every so often, I'll come across something that will make me stop and listen, and that's what Crossed Hand's 'Nxt10' did for me.
The track has a great melodic flow, with awesome little hints of technical guitar thrown in for good measure. While the lyrics are likely to hit close to home with some people, the song is heavy with the emotion, maybe that's why I gravitated towards it...
It seems taking that time off back in 2018 really worked in Crossed Hands' favour, they've bounced back and sound amazing. They've recently announced that they've signed with Famined Records and plan to have their debut full length out some time next year.
A great mixture of Melodic Hardcore and heavy lyrics, with a hint of technical guitar for fun.