"Written a couple of years ago when living in crummer rd grey lynn, - noticing the change in character of the neighbourhood as the shitty villas in our street began selling up for 1.5million plus..noticing how the new crummer rd (super rich) inhabitants responded to the old crummer rd inhabitants - ie the Tongan Church, the renters, and Kim who stands on the corner calling out to the cats each night...
I came home one night to see my neighbour (who had only recently moved in) standing at his fence spraying Kim from 1 metre away in the face with a watering hose...after which he received pats on the backs and high fives from my other neighbours for his act. That and countless other niggly anti-social, anti-community acts that i witnessed around the time inspired the title/chorus...
At the time I was getting obsessed with CBGB's artists all over again, and so the references are obvious - Television, Talking Heads, and to a lesser extent Richard Hell. Weirdly there's some kind of bookends thing to this new music, in that the first Shaky Hands ep was heavily influenced by Talking Heads etc, and now i find my obsession for that band returning, but for quite different reasons now - i guess you hear things differently over time, lyrically, but also there's something in the repetition of the early Talking Heads (first 4 records) that i was perhaps a little impatient to hear as a youngster. So for me, Hate Somebody and the new songs are a more realised version of what we were doing almost 10 years ago - except that the bright eyes and bushy tails have been replaced with tired old worn out ones ;)" explains Nick Johnston
This is the first release of a planned EP, due for release in 2017.
released November 15, 2016
Hate Somebody was written by Nick Johnston and Cut Off Your Hands
Engineered and Mixed by Jeremy Toy at Spare Room Studios
Mastered by Dave Cooley
Produced by Cut Off Your Hands
Nick Johnston......Vocals, Guitars