TheHandPromoPhto_PThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host The Hand Album Release Party at 6pm Thursday, Feb. 23. “Find a Reason” will be available for purchase at the party. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Hand also will be celebrating the release with a special performance at Neurolux Feb. 24 with Cerberus Rex and Mantooth – tickets available at The Record Exchange!


TheHand_FAR.CDThe Hand was formed in 1998 with the intention of the lineup being Pat “Brown” Schmaljohn on bass and vocals, Scott Schmaljohn on guitar and vocals and a drummer that would put up with the Schmaljohn brothers. This plan was cut short with a substance addiction and later death of Pat Brown (RIP) in 1999. Scott and Pat were eager and excited to play together after a break from years of playing, recording and touring in Boise bands State of Confusion (1983-1988) and Treepeople (1988-1992).

Following the tragedy, The Hand’s first lineup included Scott Schmaljohn on guitar and vocals, Darin Dodd on drums and Chris Bock on bass.

TheHandSngleThe Hand currently features Cody Roy (Demoni) on drums, James Johnson (Trigger Itch) on bass and Scott Schmaljohn on guitar and vocals. Uniting in 2014, The Hand had a new vigor, urgency and energy. The Hand was asked to tour in February 2016 on an 11-shows-in-12-days West Coast tour with Built to
Spill. “We were well received on tour, and knew we had to get a new record out,” Scott says.

With this new momentum, chemistry and songwriting, The Hand went into Andy A.’s Chop Shop studio to record nine new songs. “Find a Reason” will be officially released at The Record Exchange release party. The Hand will also have a two-song vinyl 7-inch( limited edition of 30, signed and numbered) for sale at both shows.

The Hand is planning tour dates in the spring, as well as playing Treefort Music Fest Wednesday, March 22 at Neurolux.

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