Vera : Animal Hands happens to be nothing else than pop rock with a female singer, thus actually it does not belong to be reviewed on Lords of Metal. They are compared with PJ Harvey and Veruca Salt, but when I listen to the female singer (Danielle Whalebone), she mainly reminds me of Lena Lovich (same glides in the voice) and the slightly decadence from Debbie Harry of Blondie.
The Australian band harvests quite a bit success as newcomer in their home country and in April they did a first interstate tour with The Mercy Kills. ‘Tonic Clonic’ happens to be their debut album and contains eleven songs; one of them is ‘I Got You’, written by fellow countryman Neil Finn. The single ‘Hunger’ opens the album with bit influences from punk and new wave. Most of the songs are catchy and up-tempo, but they go one ear in and the other ear out. However, we do like the slower ‘Wax & Vanity’ (with nice, fervent guitar solo) which is featured as main single. There’s a reason for that. Gothic influences are most noticeable in ‘Mirror & The Blade’, again a single and video clip. The last track is made up of five minutes long spatial distant sounds. Well, to be honest, we are not impressed.