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The Dream
Open Hand
The Dream
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Despite a growing, dedicated fanbase, word of mouth and interest, Hollywood's Open Hand remain one of the hardcore and indie-rock scene?s most promising bands that you haven?t heard yet. But that?s all about to change... ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Open Hand
Title: The Dream
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Trustkill Records
Release Date: 1/14/2003
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Hardcore & Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 824953004126

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Despite a growing, dedicated fanbase, word of mouth and interest, Hollywood's Open Hand remain one of the hardcore and indie-rock scene?s most promising bands that you haven?t heard yet. But that?s all about to change... "Open Hand developed from I Awake, a hardcore band I played guitar for. I was in the band with Alex," explains Isham. "I started Open Hand myself and made demos and we decided to go full time, because for me personally, I was way more into what we were playing as Open Hand. Sure, I am into hardcore, but Peter Gabriel is my number one favorite and I wanted to go in that direction." Open Hand soon became the biggest blip on the underground radar, touring with the likes of Thursday, MxPx, From Autumn To Ashes, Grade and The Juliana Theory. A bombastic buzz circulated in the underground, based on the band's shimmering sincerity, post-hardcore dynamics, and honest lyrical approach. "The Dream," combines their previously released Radio Days and Evolutions EPs, as well as one new song. "It's our way or no way. You have to bend sometimes, but it has more integrity to make it on your own path," Isham says. If we can be the band that does arise to the mainstream, we want to pull the scene with us. There are a lot of awesome bands in indie rock and hardcore that deserve a lot and don't get opportunities. We want to take them with us!"

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Review by CMJ (January 2003)
01/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there is one band on the Trustkill Records roster that deftly illustrates the label's diversity and ability to spot exciting music other than the incredible hardcore that it has built its reputation upon, it's definitely Open Hand. This Orange County band isn't typical Orange County fare, ie. pop punk and moshcore. 'The Dream' is all push-n-pull, a harmonically distorted distortion of the best qualities of emo and hardcore and pop punk. Shades of all these genres color the vivid The Dream. The album effortlessly changes moods several times throughout, with plenty of contemplative, almostepic moments at the center. Each song is so lush and layered, that one song literally bleeds right into the next. Check out the way 'The Struggle' melts into 'Thought Process' with beautiful, seamless ease. That's no small task orminor accomplishment or easy feat for a band with emotional and heavy tendencies, but Open Hand does it with such oomph, you'd think writing this type of complex music was a joyous day at the beach for Open Hand's players.Vocalist Justin is just that: a vocalist whose clean singing is the tie that binds all the other elements of The Dream. We don't want to wake up after 'In Your Eyes' , 'The Dream' , 'The Struggle' , '11th Street' and 'Radio Days'."
2003 looks good so far ...
Payne | http://www.krxq.net/paynepage.shtml | 01/15/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This year is going to bring us MANY great releases from A Static Lullaby to Vendetta Red to Poison the Well, but THIS, this cd is kicking my ... !! Open Hand have possibly created one of the most perfet cd's for 2003. Sure you're going to disagree, but that's why we all have opinions. From the opening song "In Your Eyes" to the ferocity the title track "The Dream" brings to the dynamics of "The Struggle", you're not going to be sorry for making this purchase. if I could personally GUARANTEE you your money back if you weren't satisfied I would, but I have aan odd feeling that you're not going to want your money back. Just a hunch."
"11th street"
Trustkill | fl | 06/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, as you can see tk never brings you mediocre bands that is why you will only find talent and great quality music there... Now, openhand is no exception specialy with some beautifull singing and songs that will inspiry you ? Openhand just might be that band you will always want more from! Can't wait to see openhand performing live at hellfest! The best tracks ? "life as is", "11th street" , and "forever" get it now!"