Meet the Houston “space-rockers” Handsomebeast! (band name courtesy of Ron Burgundy).
“Playboi” is their newest track and it features a sultry baseline, warped backing vocals and guitar licks described by the band as “Joe Walsh on bad mushrooms”. The corresponding video was shot in one day in New Orleans, and is the first in a series about this particular “Playboi” character.
Handsomebeast have built up a solid following in their home base of Houston thanks to their funky live shows, skillful musicianship and ambitious songwriting that blends soulful pop and lustful indie-rock with a Texan flair that’s as hard to define as it is to resist on the dancefloor. “Playboi” will be the first release since their 2016 sophomore album, The Badass Future, of which HoustonPress wrote, “Sexy work, from a band that deserves to be much in demand after this album.”
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Learn more about Handsomebeast in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Thank you for having us! We’ll do the same thing we do every night, Pinky…try to take over the world.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you all could agree on?
We were almost Gangstapimp, but that didn’t get voted through 🙁 Once we came up with Handsomebeast (ONE WORD!) there was instant ecstasy on the part of all of the members. It was exactly what we were looking for.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
Nick: These are certainly some pretty psychotic times in the social and political landscape. There are some really important artists out there whose music is addressing some of these topics (Kendrick Lamar, for an obvious and excellent example), and I think that’s vitally important.
I don’t know if I’d say our music is necessarily an escape from the current events. We’d be playing music no matter what was happening or not happening in the world. Without speaking for everyone….but actually doing exactly that, I’d say we play music because it’s a necessary activity for us to live, and because we actively love playing with each other so much…we don’t really play music as a response to anything.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
We’d love to work with Fat Tony. He’s one of our favorite rappers in the game and he’s from Houston. His songs have the perfect blend of groove, catchiness, humor and punk rock cool.