Championed as “Britain’s best unsigned blues-rockers” by Classic Rock Blues magazine in September 2012, The Idle Hands have recently been picking up similar accolades from several other high profile publications with such praise as “a must see live” and “not to be missed”, whilst citing the cd’s as “guitar fireworks and impassioned vocal class” or acclaiming “British blues doesn’t get much better than this”.
Based in Chesterfield UK since 1989, this hard working, long established 4 piece have 6 high quality cd’s under their belts and passionately present captivating live performances of raw original blues rock with their own unique, distinctive style and sound heavily inspired by the likes of Hendrix, Zeppelin & Gallagher. The band ooze considerable stage presence; charismatic, engaging powerhouse frontman Phil Allen in the Plant/Rogers/Gillan vein and inspirational world-class Strat slinging guitarist Dave Robinson in Page/Gallagher mode they are solidly backed by the rock solid rhythmic bass and drums of Jamie Burns & Paul Heydon. This is a band whose reputation for hook-laden original songs and engaging emotionally driven shows is fast gaining momentum.
With many prestigious gigs behind them, The Idle Hands consistently wow audiences, gaining immediate re-bookings on a growing schedule which most recently included the 2011 & 2012 Skegness Rock & Blues festival, 2011 British Blues Awards Newark, 2012 Colne Festival British Stage, 2012 Hebden Bridge Festival Main Stage & 2012 Cambridge Rock Festival, whilst picking up support slots to the likes of Robin Trower, Aynsley Lister, Quireboys, Robert Harts Bad Co, Dan Baird, Climax Blues, Marcus Bonfanti and other distinguished acts.
Nominated finalists in the 2012 British Blues Awards ‘Best Song’ category, highly praised by respected Blues musician and broadcaster Paul Jones, championed by Rick Wakeman with airplay on Planet Rock Radio and finalists in Classic Rock High Voltage Festival ‘unsigned bands’ contest 2011 the success story is building. Music publications comments speak volumes: Blues in Britain: “British Blues Rock at its best”, R2 Magazine: “original, enthusiastic & passionate”, Blues Matters: “phenomenal vocals & accomplished musicians”, Classic Rock UK; “fine musicians, amazing, original, bold & British”, Powerplay: “do your ears a massive favour”.
This is no overnight success story, but after grafting hard to earn their spurs the future looks bright for the ‘Idles’ and as these down- to-earth, dedicated and approachable guys say - “Upward & Onward’ !
It has been said several times recently by various notable broadcasters and media writers, but it’s well worth repeating once more that “this is definitely a band on the rise and going places, so catch them while you can”!
Championed as 'Britain’s best unsigned blues-rockers' by Classic Rock Blues magazine in September 2012, The Idle Hands have been steadily picking up numerous similar accolades from many other high profile publications, with such praise as 'a must see live' and 'not to be missed', whilst citing their cd's as 'guitar fireworks and impassioned vocal class' or acclaiming 'British blues doesn’t get much better than this'. Established in Chesterfield UK in 1989 by current members Dave Robinson (Guitar) & Jamie Burns (Bass), they were joined by Phil Allen (Vocals) in '94 and Paul Heydon (Drums) in 2008. With 6 high quality cd’s under their belts they present passionate, captivating live performances of raw original blues rock but with their own uniquely distinctive style and sound which is heavily influenced by the iconic Blues based bands and players within them; Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher and Hendrix to name a few.