Turn Your Swords
HandV is a Portland, Oregon quintet that creates strange and intricate pop songs that dip well into the realm of twisted waltzes, arrangments atypical, and vocal harmonies of the five part variety. Mixing traditional jazz harmony and contrapuntal melodies with unpredictable yet seemless tempo changes, Heroes and Villains construct modern compositions with ye olde worlde charme. True to their namesake, they explore the relationship between good and evil, black and white, beef and tempeh. Viewed through the lens of millenia, HandV gives all sides a fair chance to have their say, even if they are bat shit crazy. Officially started in August of 2003, Heroes and Villains played their first show in January of 2005, to a concerned, but receptive, audience. Since this time, they have taken the Northwest by storm. HandV consistently play to capacity crowds in Portland, and continue to win over audiences wherever they travel to. 2005 saw the release of their first 7" single, and a five song CDEP. In September of 2006, they releasd their debut album 'Turn Your Swords' on Pampelmoose Records. "This isn't your run of the mill four-track garage band. H and V's inaugural 7-inch, 'Color Coded' b/w 'Welcome Home', cuts a wider instrumental swath than most bands can muster over a double LP" - Boise Weekly "The five-piece all share vocal duties and pack an amazing array of tones and textures into their warped but strangely enchanting pop tunes" - Eugene Weekly "They're a little bit of everything, yet they sound like no one." - the Argonaut, Moscow "This quintet weave a literate brand of pop music with one foot firmly planted in antiquated imagery like sailing ships and silent films. " -the Stranger, Seattle "Heroes and Villains are guaranteed to grab you by your ears and heart, shake you like a rag doll, and then bring you back softly with beautiful five-part harmonies." -Portland Mercury "The music behind the mustache and top-hat facade is warm and very much alive." -Willamette Weekly.