The State Of Music: Part 28: South Dakota - We All Have Hooks For Hands

South Dakota was one of 'those' states. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn't seem to find a band. I guess it is no surprise when you consider this Midwest state is the 17th largest yet ranks a lowly 46th in the population stakes. Lucky for me then that a previous State Of Music-ee, Elsa Rae knew the band We All Have Hooks For Hands, even more lucky for me I thought they were super awesome.

CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who are We All Have Hooks For Hands and where in the world would we find you?

We Are from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

CMM: How long has the band been in existence and how did it all start?

I believe we've been around for about 6 years, we started as a recording project after the death of a few of our other projects

CMM: How best would you describe your music?

Pop music with a little rock n roll and pop influence, but i really have no idea we just write songs, style is never really a thing we think about.

CMM: How would you best describe South Dakota for people like me who have never been there?

Its a Rural state with a lot of flat land. They say you can watch your dog run away for days. There isnt a lot to south dakota but i like the simplicity and cheapness of living. Makes things easier unless you're looking for fans of indie rock/ pop music.

CMM: What is the music scene like in South Dakota right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?

Haha. Other than mainstream shit rock like Nickleback, it seems like we've been feeding off Minneapolis and their hip hop scene. But there is a good amount of kids that enjoy pop music.

CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?

Sioux falls for a while there had a good local hardcore scene and thats kind of where we came from. There was a lot of local bands at the time and the underground punk scene was flourishing. DIY merch and basement shows is how we grew up because there is nothing else to do in South Dakota.

CMM: What other influences does the band have, musical or otherwise?

I think we are heavily influenced by broken social scene and the Wrens, we love epic pop songs.

CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?

We have two full lengths and a few EPs, most of it released on Afternoon records. The Pretender in 2006, Shape of Energy in 2008, and Girls EP in 2010. The Girls ep got picked up by a Japanese label which added some songs to it and changed our art which is sweet because we have a weird import cd now.

CMM: Like most bands I am sure you like to play live when and where you can. Where are your favourite places to play both in and out of state?

The Orpheum in town is a very epic place to play so hands down my favorite, outside of the state though Id have to say Portland is always fun and Seattle.

CMM: What's next in the pipeline for We All Have Hooks For Hands?

I think we're in the midst of and album right now, and i believe we're going to handle this one fully ourselves from recording to mastering.

CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?

Itunes, weallhavehooksforhands.net , and afternoonrecords.com


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