Hundred Handed’s sound is the product of the fun seeking, crazy minds of its three members Jordan McGraw (vocals/guitar), Drew Langan (drums), and Matt Black (bass). The three friends set out to recapture the excitement of being in your first band with the experience they captured touring the world on the road that lead them to Hundred Handed.?They had a blast finding their sound and making this music. You will too when you hear it.?
A few years after meeting for the first time on a tour bus, Jordan McGraw (lead vocals, guitar) and Drew Langan (drums) are creating some of the most memorable music of their lives. Joining forces with Matt Black (bassist), the three musicians come together as Hundred Handed, a high energy pop trio. One of the key lines in their fresh debut single, ?Love Me Like The Weekend,? creates the perfect snapshot of their lighthearted aesthetic: ?We stop watching clocks/Like It?s Saturday/We stop watching clocks/And Let Go!?
Caught up in a whirlwind songwriting tear since forming in 2015, the L.A. based band co-produced ?Love Me Like The Weekend? and other tracks set for their upcoming debut collection with indie producer Eddie Jackson and co-writer The Golden Hippie. They are also working with songwriter/producer Mike Green (Paramore, 5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low) to finish the album. Behind the scenes, they?ve also got the Midas ears of David Foster encouraging them and paving the way for success. Though he?s not formally credited, the legendary, multi-Grammy winning songwriter and producer? also the chairman of Verve Music Group – has played a key unofficial role in Hundred Handed?s creative development as mentor and songwriting coach.
Foster has been a mentor to Jordan since he was 18, instructing him on value of developing his piano, guitar and songwriting skills. ?We sent David ?Love Me Like The Weekend? in rough form, and he called us right away,? Jordan says. ?He said, ?This isn?t good, it?s great. It?s what you should have been doing the whole time. He offered us a few notes and we made some adjustments. They were simple things about playing in a more interesting way and putting in little ?tickles? that make people want to listen to the song over and over. His advice was invaluable, creating a mold for how we would build the foundation of every song.?
Jordan and Drew hit it off immediately when they first started hanging out and playing together, but took a circuitous stylistic route before honing in on the unique vibe that Hundred Handed brings to today?s pop landscape. Drew had recently joined the short lived pop punk band City (comma) State and McGraw joined them for their one and only tour when they needed a new guitar player. When the group disbanded shortly thereafter, the two started writing together and launched Stars in Stereo, an edgy four piece active rock band featuring a female singer.
Stars in Stereo enjoyed some quick success, touring the U.S. and Canada opening for established groups like Bush, Halestorm, Bullet for My Valentine, The Used and Flyleaf. While Jordan and Drew were thrilled to be in this elite company, after a while, Jordan and Drew felt like they were faking it with music that wasn’t true to who they are.
?We got into music because we wanted to have a great time making music that mattered to us,? Jordan says, ?and suddenly we became something we didn?t feel connected to. This heavy path was not a world we wanted to be in. At the time, we weren?t sure what our future direction was going to be, but Stars in Stereo wasn?t it. We were on our way to the Welcome to Rockville Festival in Jacksonville, FL. Drew and I were on the plane and we looked at each other, like, ?This is not it.? After that show, we decided to come home and start writing some new music that was completely different. After a few misses, we tapped into the sound that became Hundred Handed, and suddenly a world of new possibilities opened up.?
Jordan and Drew knew that Matt, a veteran bassist who had been the guitar tech for Stars in Stereo after leaving his last band Every Avenue, would be the perfect fit for their new outfit. Matt says, ?I think we all have a similar mindset and attitude and all want the same things. We want to play enjoyable, uplifting music and have a good time and translate that to the audience so they can have a blast, too. When the three of us started spending time with each other while we were on the road with Stars in Stereo, it was clear that we were hitting it off, had great personal chemistry and were coming from the same place musically.?
Drew recalls: ?We asked Matt to stay behind between festivals with Stars In Stereo, and to get into a rehearsal room with us. He had no idea what we had in mind, but didn?t question it for a second. We started with songs that we all knew, and just had blast playing music that we love. After that, we knew that the next step was to make it official — Hundred Handed was born.?
Once the three began talking about their musical influences, everything about the seamless sound Hundred Handed was developing began making perfect sense. Dallas, TX native Jordan grew up listening to his parent?s Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, and Tina Turner collections, and he was also big into Blink-182, Green Day, and Daft Punk.
L.A. born and raised Drew grew up in Lakewood, CA on classic rock and learned to play the drums to Led Zeppelin?s version of the blues classic ?When the Levee Breaks.? He was partial to the Steve Miller Band, but got into a heavier phase for a time via Slipknot. ?Then sometime around 17 or 18, I took a hard right turn into straight up pop and now I?m a pure pop guy,? he says.
Matt, a Detroit native who has played in bands everywhere from Michigan to Virginia, dabbled in Metallica during middle and high school, but is still partial to the first three albums he ever owned, including a Beatles collection, Aerosmith?s Greatest Hits, and The Bodyguard soundtrack (which featured hits produced by David Foster).
Hundred Handed ? named after creatures in Greek Mythology that helped overthrow the Titans ? has spent the last few months writing and recording their EP ?Like It?s Saturday?? and other songs for their full-length debut album. Jordan, Drew and Matt, all veteran stage performers, are excited about performing these songs live for the first time and then hitting the road.
Jordan says, ?I love to get in front of people and give them a good time, and am really excited about sharing these new songs with everyone. There?s no more rewarding a feeling than being onstage and seeing a whole room full of people enjoying themselves to something we are so proud of.?
Likewise, Matt loves ?the connection you make when you?re onstage and jumping around like a nut giving it your all and knowing the people in the crowd feel it and are reciprocating.? Drew continues the thoughts of his band mates: ?It?s the ultimate thing. When Jordan and I were in Stars in Stereo, it was the first time we got to perform in front of huge crowds that we could connect with on a huge level. We had a blast and kept getting better as we went along. Now that we?re playing music that?s really reflective of who we are personally and as artists, it?s going to be that much more exciting.?