-by Benjamin Smith
The Big Ass Tour may have just lost an incredible act, but they’ve been replaced by another one, and a home-grown one to boot.
Following the recent news of The Ghost Inside’s tragic bus crash, Australia’s own Hands Like Houses have been announced as their replacement, joining The Amity Affliction, A Day to Remember and Motionless on their Australian arena tour.
The Canberra group have been steadily building up a big fanbase both at home abroad, with their groove-laden take on past-hardcore, mixed with alternative rock muscle. The quintet are currently gearing up to release their third album, Dissonants, slated for release early next year. Their recent single, New Romantics, has garnered playtime on Triple J.
No strangers to a big tour, Hands Like Houses were the main support band during Enter Shikari’s Australian tour this year and also embarked on their own headline tour of the east coast, alongside English rockers Lower than Atlantis.
They released a statement on Facebook, saying while they were thrilled to join the tour, their addition felt bittersweet.
“What happened to The Ghost Inside definitely hit home for us as a band and the music community in general. We are grateful for the opportunity, wish them a swift recovery and hope they can get back on the road soon,” they said.
Whilst their addition to the tour is more than welcome, it comes bearing a touch of sadness, days after The Ghost Inside announced they were cancelling all upcoming tours in order to focus on their rehabilitation from the awful bus crash which claimed the lives of drivers Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham.
The band posted a statement on their Facebook page, admitting some of their members suffered serious injuries in the crash.
“It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking,” the statement read.
The Big Ass Tour kicks off in Sydney on December 12, before moving to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and wrapping up with two shows in two nights in Brisbane.
Tickets available from https://www.livenation.com.au/
Saturday, 12th December
QANTAS Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Monday, 14th December
Perth Arena, Perth
Wednesday, 16th December
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Thursday, 17th December
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday, 19th December – SOLD OUT
Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane
Sunday, 20th December – SECOND & FINAL SHOW