Friday 15th March Hands Off Gretel release their next single and lyric video  ‘It’s My fault’ from their forthcoming album “I Want the World’, due for release 29thMarch.  BBC Sheffield Introducing premiered the single, as part of International Women’s Day and Radio X picked this as “Track of the Week’ in association with This Feeling.

The release falls on what would have been the albums fulfillment date through the Pledge Music crowd-funding Platform. The band hit their 100% target in just 15 hours and went on to reach 242% of goal, amounting to £25,000 of pre-orders from around the globe. When news broke on social media that bands weren’t getting paid, the band couldn’t believe what they were hearing.

Since the news broke in January, Pledge Music have released just 2 official holding statements about the backlog and suspended all campaigns. The band have not received a single payment or any communication from Pledge Music about their campaign money.

The band quickly made the decision to move the whole campaign to their website and made a commitment to fulfill CD orders at their own cost. Fans very quickly got behind the band and re-ordered via the bands website. The campaign has now exceeded the Pledge Music total and currently stands at over 260% An amazing turnaround in just 6 weeks.

“We are humbled and overwhelmed that our fans have supported us through this. No-one else has stepped in to help us or offer advice. What an amazing thing for any band to have, a fan base that truly has your back that is willing you to succeed. Fan power is stronger than anyone in this industry and we will never forget that” Lauren Tate

The band start the task of mailing over 1,000 orders this Friday around the world for those that have pre-ordered.

“Our only disappointment is that we were no longer able to chart the album, it’s a real kick in the teeth for us.  This was one of the main reasons for using the platform. As a DIY band distributing from your own website the 1,500+ album sales aren’t registered with the charts. We now have to rely on digital sales to help us do this and there will be a big push over the next few weeks to reach out to those who have not ordered to help us with this.”  Lauren Tate 

Catch the band live at the following dates:

Thurs 28th March – London Album Launch – Nambucca London
Fri 29th March – Home Town album Launch – Old School House Venue Barnsley, South Yorkshire  –
5th April The Black Price Northampton

April tour – ‘This Feeling’ Tour
Sat 6th April – Brighton – Hope & Ruin
Sat 20th April – Sheffield Café Totem
26th April – Glasgow – Broadcast
27th April – Edinburgh – Edinburgh

Album Tour 
6th June – Key Club Leeds
7th June – Retro Bar Manchester
8th June – Arts Club Loft Liverpool
9th June – Hare & Hounds Birmingham
20th June – Bodega Nottingham
21st June – Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff
22nd June – The 1865 Southampton
23rd June – Suburbs The Holdroyd Guildford
4th July – Louisiana – Bristol
5th July – Shackwell Arms – London
6th July – The Prince Albert – Brighton
10th July – Fulford Arms – York
11th July – Think Tank Newcastle
12th July Broadcast – Glasgow
13th July Bannermans – Edinburgh

Festival Dates 
2nd June Camden Rocks Festival
25th May Call of the Wild Festival Lincoln
20th July Black Thorn Music Festival
21st July Amplified Festival
4th August Rebellion Festival
31 August Lindisfarne Festival
More TBC

Hands Off Gretel are:

Lauren Tate – Vocals/ Guitar
Sean Bon – Guitar
Sam Hobbins – Drums
Becky Baldwin – Bass

Find Hands Off Gretel at:

handsoffgretel.co.uk
facebook.com/handsoffgretel/
twitter.com/HandsOffGretel