If you’re an avid triple j listener, you would have been treated last night to a first listen of the new track from Aussie rock outfit Hands Like Houses. Sharing the video for the fresh single this morning, ‘Space’ is oriented on the experiences of frontman Trenton Woodley in grappling with pressure to record new music.
“I think the song really captures that pressure we felt having to refine our raw ideas and work through our differences in taste and personality while recording,” Woodley noted. “It’s strange that that sense of emotional claustrophobia has fast-forwarded to this literal one with COVID-19. Since we tracked it, I haven’t actually read the lyrics written down until now and there’s a strange sense of deja vu, like I wrote them yesterday, with full knowledge of everything that’s happened in the last few months.”
Woodley reassures that he didn’t want the final output of the song to feel truly hopeless, instead capturing the feeling of being “worn out but not ready to give up just yet. I didn’t want it to sound like I’d stopped trying. I wanted it to feel like coming out of a long silence, to say ‘please be patient. I can get this right. I just need a little faith, a little trust, and a little bit of space to get myself back together.'”
The accompanying video for ‘Space’ was directed by Rhys Graham and produced by Jensen Cope. It traces the journey of a young woman through isolated motels to encompass a feeling of isolation. Graham stresses that separation and different ways of communicating don’t necessarily equate to a “lack of freedom”, just “a different way of doing things that we are used to.” If you’re a fan of Hands Like Houses, you may also want to check out preceding track ‘Headrush’, which dropped earlier this year.
Listen to ‘Space’ below.