TUNE Hammer No More The Fingers - Nobody Knows
It was February of 2010 during(and because of) the bands first overseas tour that Hammer No More The Fingers received the news via text message from the US that they had been all been fired from the jobs that they shared as valet parking attendants at Durham North Carolinas Duke University.
To most individuals this would have been a catastrophe, but not to Hammer No More the Fingers; if anything it only inspired Duncan, Joe and Jeff to dig in their heels and work even harder as a band – “It was a shitty job anyway...” quipped guitarist Joe Hall right before picking up his guitar and rattling out a 40 minute set to a enraptured and appreciative Sheffield crowd. The band then wrapped a tune around the experience and turned it into their ode to the unsatisfying grind of 9 to 5 working that is ‘It’s about caring’, a song which sends a clear and defiant message of unity, resilience and contempt to the one time supervisor who sent the offending text message.
This attitude is typical of the young trio who have known each other since they were 10 years old and have formed the close bond which is now clearly evident in both their live show and recordings.
They three friends parted company for a short while to attend various colleges around the US before making their collective return to Durham, NC where they quickly formed Hammer No More The Fingers and played their first show on New Years Eve 2006/07. The band have worked tirelessly since then, repeatedly touring the Eastern United States, playing New York City’s music industry showcase CMJ where they were highlighted by giant US publication Spin Magazine as one of the top 25 bands to see at the event. HNMTF have released both an ep and their debut album ‘Looking For Bruce’(Churchkey/Inhaler) to critical acclaim in both the US and in Europe where they completed a successful 10 date tour of the UK to promote it's release.
‘Hammer No More the Fingers are a new band worth their weight in hype’ – Rock Sound Magazine/UK (8/10) ‘
Following their return to the states from the UK, the band almost immediately jumped into their van and headed 25 hrs west by road to Texas where they played their debut show at SXSW, as is almost always the way with HNMTF the performance was enough to gain the accolade of one of the standout artists of the festival from none other than The New York Times, this was despite a set cut short by broken strings and a poor crowd due to freak unseasonal rain.
HNMTF will soon return armed with a new 10 track J.Robbins (Jawbox/Burning Airlines) produced album by the name of ‘Black Shark’, complete with killer tunes, string sections and the signature HNMTF enthusiasm and commitment. 2010 looks set to be a big year.
‘A must hear artist from the CMJ Festival’ – Spin Magazine
‘Distorted, anthemic, and brimming with that fantastic youthful exuberance - this band is certainly on the ‘ones to watch’ list of 2010’ – Tasty