Hands Off Gretel, founded by nineteen year old Lauren Tate are a force to be reckoned with. Inspired by the likes of Brody Dalle and Courtney Love, Lauren made it her mission to ensure strong, young women had a voice in today's music industry, presenting an alternative to mainstream pop stars singing about broken hearts. Lauren is a powerhouse of creativity; the band's frontwoman and songwriter, she also designs Hands Off Gretel's merchandise and is responsible for their videos, album artwork and photography.
In just over twelve months, Hands Off Gretel have well and truly made their mark on the UK music scene winning fans in Shirley Manson, Linda Perry and Kate Nash. The band are making an impact on the US too - Alternative Press tipped them as “A band you need to know” and premiered their latest DIY video ‘One Eyed Girl’. The track picked up regular UK airplay from Kerrang Radio and BBC Sheffield Introducing with the video single reached six thousand views in just one week.
The four piece alt rock/grunge inspired band from South Yorkshire are incredibly prolific, they have already released a three track EP, a couple of video singles and their debut album is out in September, funded via their huge and ever increasing international online fan base. Having already made their mark on the festival circuit playing Camden Rocks and Isle of Wight, Hands Off Gretel will be supporting their album release with a full UK tour planned for Autumn.