Hands Like Houses Singer Trenton Woodley Departs The Band

25 July 2023 | 8:52 am | Mary Varvaris
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Hands Like Houses haven’t responded to Trenton Woodley’s sudden departure.

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Trenton Woodley, the singer of the Australian rock band Hands Like Houses, has left the band. Woodley has been in the band for over ten years, being a part of their formation in Canberra in 2008.

Sharing the shocking news on Instagram this morning, Woodley wrote, “It breaks my heart to say it, but my time with Hands Like Houses has come to an unexpected end. I'm still sorting through some very mixed emotions, but ultimately I've accepted that there's a future for HLH that I'm not a part of, and wish the band success in however they choose to pursue it. I’ve included some further context for those it matters to. Thank you to all who have made this chapter of my life possible.”

Citing “differences in perspective”, “friction”, “dysfunction”, and pursuing a “more sustainable” career to support his family – Woodley is a new father – the singer offered a statement on Instagram, which you can read in its entirety below.

Later in the statement, Woodley claimed that he asked to be a part of some final shows with him as the singer, and that request was denied. He also categorically denied the allegations that surfaced about an unnamed member of Hands Like Houses in September 2021. He ended the statement by thanking the fans who have supported him and the band over the last 14 years.

At the time of writing, Hands Like Houses haven’t responded to Woodley’s sudden departure. We have reached out to a representative for the band for comment.

Hands Like Houses released Hurricane in December, their first single since their self-titled 2020 EP. The new track saw them return to an old-school writing style with a unique pop-metal flair.

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Hurricane is a song about resilience and keeping your head above water until better days roll around. The band shared, “For a long time, our band was defined by our time on the road, and so we wanted this song to distil what we love about the live experience. Its power, its emotion and its energy - meant to kick you in the chest and then give your heart a squeeze.”

To celebrate Hurricane and more new music, which they revealed would come this year, Hands Like Houses played three headline shows on the east coast of Australia. Hands Like Houses have scored 2x Top 10 ARIA-charting albums (Dissonants and 2018's Anon), more than 130,000 album sales and over 130 million Spotify streams.