Hands Music Project is a creative outlet for it's producer, Michael Lack. "Imaginary Lines" is the first release by the House of Hands Music Company on the House of Hands Records label. "Imaginary Lines" brings together the talents of songwriter Chuck Maiden, producer Michael Lack, co-producer and guitarist Loren Watts, lead vocalist Brad Cyrier, and many professional Pacific Northwest musicians. "Imaginary Lines" blends classic garage guitar with a tasty interplay between drums and percussion topped off with some nice vocal arrangements. With the music of Chuck Maiden as it's foundation, "Imaginary Lines" is a Rock and Pop delight that will please many listeners again and again. Michael says, "I had some great songs to work with and a guitarist in Loren who is very eager to be produced and directed. Some of the vocal parts are very complex and the singers were willing to try new things and venture out of their comfort zone so that helped. Then I added the modern keyboard sounds and overdubbed the rest of the backing vocals myself and ended up with what I think is one of my best production works." A long time fixture on the Seattle music scene, Michael played drums and sang lead vocals for a number of Northwest bands in the early '70's. In 1978 he formed HANDS along with California transplant Chuck Maiden, guitarist Loren Watts, and bassist Leroy Webb. HANDS quickly became a favorite in the local venues and among their peers in the business during the pre-grunge era of Seattle Rock music. Their live show consisted of many covers but it was their original music that they quickly became known for. They did a four hour show with a mix of obscure and well known covers with their own music mixed in liberally. They could have easily done a four hour show just doing originals. HANDS wrote and recorded constantly during every phase of their career. They received numerous major label inquiries and in 1982 appeared on KZOK FM's "KZOK Best of the Northwest-1982" LP with a song written by Chuck, "Angel Love". In 1983 the band officially went their separate ways and Michael stepped out from behind the drums to work on his vocals and keyboards. "It's not easy playing Rock drums and having to sing lead or strong backup at the same time so my vocals suffered. This gave me the chance to work more on my first love, studio production, and my voice improved to where I actually started to enjoy singing." Michael fronted and played keys for a number of bands throughout the '80's and '90's including the KZOK CLASSIC BAND in the early '90's. He continued to produce for himself and other artists. After the turn of the century, Michael expanded upon an idea he'd been thinking about for some time and Hands Music Project was born. "I wanted to create a zone where I could not be stuck in one style of music but still have the continuity of my certain sound. HMP was a place where I could create for myself or others or whatever style of music I was working on and give it brand name recognition." Next up from HMP will be "Points and Pearls" by HMP featuring Michael Lack. Virtually all instruments and vocals were performed by Michael and most were written by him as well. It is a poignant, introspective look at the human spirit and heart. Then House of Hands Records will be releasing the Best of HANDS spanning 1973 to the present with three CD's. "HANDS ANTHOLOGIES I, II, and III". All digitally remastered and packed with photos from the bands career. These CD's will be a special treat for everyone. Adds Michael, "I would love to hear from anyone out there who is touched by our music. Please contact us through our website and visit often for all the latest news from House of Hands Music Company." "Imaginary Lines" by HMP. Check it out!
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