Hailing from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, HNDCLW is the brainchild of frontman Tyler Byers. Byers formerly led Greensboro based band, Mutant League, before forming HNDCLW in 2012. With its current lineup of Tyler Byers (guitar/vocals), Matt Wentz (guitar), Marshall Holian (drums), and Taylor Casey (bass), HNDCLW’s sound oscillates from 50’s prom ballads to speed metal. Angular and unabating, the music projects a sense of urgency and bouncy aggression. Their sound has been described as heavy, cartoon intro music.
HNDCLW released their first EP, Fleshy Depths, in 2014. The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings, a compilation of music recorded between 2009 and 2015, followed in 2016. In 2020 they released two additional self-produced EPs, KneeBone and Oolong CatNap (with singer/songwriter Tehra Burton). HNDCLW is currently working on an untitled project set to release in 2022 (recorded by Kris Hilbert of Legitimate Business and mastered by Paul Blackwell of Shilpa Ray).