New Zealand’s Cut Off Your Hands has announced Hollow, a new LP to be released August 16 on Frenchkiss. The sophomore effort comes after vocalist Nick Johnston took a break from the band in 2010 to reassess why he was writing and playing music in the first place, after lineup changes and constant time spent on the road left him burnt out.


Hollow follows up on the band’s 2008 debut, You And I, a record full of dancey, upbeat Britpop that draws influence from the Smiths and Talking Heads. The new album promises to be more focused than the last, as the band members say they had a clearer idea of what they wanted to do this time around. The album was recorded in a relaxed environment at drummer Brent Harris’ parents’ home, where the band also recorded its 2006 EP.