Review: Steady Hands – ‘Tropical Depression’


by Deanna Chapman

Steady Hands just released Tropical Depression via Lame-O Records. The EP is only four songs, which just might be the worst thing about it because I kept listening to it hoping more songs would magically appear. I also tend to always get a feeling that this is a band I should be listening to while sitting in an Irish pub. Seeing these guys play in Philly basements was always a treat and this EP solidified how great it is to have shows that can bring you that close to the music.

Let me get to the songs, which will essentially just be some more rambling about how great these guys are. “Tropical Depression” is the first song on the EP and by far my favorite because of brutal lyrics like “I haven’t seen you in so long // but tonight I’m gonna say so long again.” Lyrics will make or break a song for me 99% of the time and this one immediately stuck with me. On “Won’t Let You,” the piano is a nice touch to switch up the tone of the EP while keeping the excellent lyrical content.

I may be friends with some of the guys in this band, and therefore likely biased, but this is a joy to listen to and the only other thing I could ask for is…MORE SONGS PLEASE. And on that note, I hope you’ll check out this EP and enjoy it as much as I do.

Album Review: Steady Hands – Brandy Of The Damned


Brandy Of The Damned is the third EP from Steady Hands. After watching them perform in some basements and small venue in Philadelphia, I knew I had to give the new EP a listen. I’m glad I did because it’s catchy, relatable, and so much more. Upon first listen, it immediately took me back to a Philly basement where I saw the band perform. They rocked the basement and had everyone singing along to their songs. These songs bring that same energy they bring to each of their shows. For college students, the songs about love, drinking, and not having a whole lot to your name are as relatable as it gets. 

“Brandy Of The Damned” kicks off the EP with a great piano introduction and kicks into high gear once Sean Huber chimes in with a full band and lyrics. The piano may be misleading at first, but fear not because these guys know how to rock and it hits you fast. “Pretty Good Year” follows and talks about fitting everything you own into the back of a 15 passenger van and how it’ll still be a good year. The instrumentation fits brilliantly with the lyrics and melody which makes the songs hard to forget, not that you would even want to forget them.

The single off of the EP was “Fragile Heart” and it opens with the powerful line of ‘Dear fragile heart I won’t tear you apart.’ You can hear the emotion in each song, but this one seemed to be the hardest hitting one. With it being released more than a full year before the EP, it gave fans something to look forward to. The rest of the songs are just as solid as the first three. “Southern Dream,” “We Will Rise,” and “Skin and Bones” round out the second half. They flow well with each other and “Skin and Bones” ends the EP in a great way. Overall, the song placement, lyrics, melody, and instrumentation all made this a joy to listen to. Easily one of the best EP’s I have heard this year. The release is out now via Lame-O Records.