Gemma Cockrell
Gemma Cockrell

Music journalist based in Nottingham. If I’m not listening to music, I’m watching Formula 1.

London-via-Cornwall four-piece The Velvet Hands have announced their new album ‘Sucker Punch’ due 3rd February 2023 & have shared new single ‘Telephone Love’

The Velvet Hands have released their new single ‘Telephone Love’, alongside the announcement of their new album ‘Sucker Punch’.

Following the trends set by previous singles ‘I Wanna Be There’ and ‘Holiday In My Head’, ‘Telephone Love’ is a rowdy tune, with energetically and aggressively performed chorus vocals, which command the track.

Hints of influence from The Strokes, VANT and The Pale White can be heard when listening to the song, with its distinct indie-rock sound and driving guitar riffs.

‘Telephone Love’ is about being stuck in a loop you can’t get out of. It’s the moment that you realise you may no longer be in control,” the band explain of the song.

“It’s also the moment that you realise you don’t care if you’re not. Inspired musically by ‘80s new wave and ‘00s indie, we wanted to make the chorus sound like a party and the verse to sound like the morning after,” they add.

The track will come into its element when the band perform it live, due to its high-energy rhythm and catchy chorus.

It will appear on their second studio album ‘Sucker Punch’, which is set for release on 3rd February 2023.

The digital version of the album will be released via Jam X Recordings.

They will also be releasing a limited edition twelve-track physical release, available through Blood Records.

The band will be touring the UK this November, and again next February following the release of the new album.

This will include an album release show at the band’s local venue Old Bakery Studios in Truro as part of Independent Venue Week.

The tour is also set to include their biggest headline date so far at London’s The Lexington.

Listen to ‘Telephone Love’ here:

The Velvet Hands’ upcoming tour dates below:


02 – The Jacaranda, Liverpool*

03 – Castle, Manchester^

09 – The Crown, Bristol^

10 – The Cornish Bank, Falmouth^

11 – Underground, Plymouth


4 – Old Bakery Studios, Truro

22 – The Lexington, London

*supporting Toycar

^w/ Factor 50