Concert Review: Scandalous Hands

5 out of 5 stars

Scandalous Hands, formed in October of 2016, is a four-member band originally from Prescott, Arizona. . Band members, Troy Schilperoort (Keyboard), Adam Haar (Guitar & Vocals), Dennis Messenger (Bass), and Shawnee David (Drums & Vocals) make Scandalous Hands a funk, fusion rock band that draws inspiration from bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, and Herbie Hancock. With jazzy and groovy improvisations, Scandalous Hands maintains an upbeat personality. On Sept. 21st, I sat down with Troy and Adam to talk about the band. We met at The Raven, a local coffee shop that hosts local bands on Fridays and Saturday on Whiskey Row. Troy, Dennis, and Shawnee grew up in Prescott. Adam moved to Prescott six years ago. 

“Organized chaos”

Troy and Adam met in another local band in 2014 where Troy played trumpet, while Adam played backup guitar and sang backup. Troy came from a classical background, listening to Bill Evans while Adam came from a rock background, listening to Grateful Dead and other 60’s bands. Troy described Scandalous Hands as anchored in classic rock and Adam added that it includes strong emphasis on improv, funk styling, instrumental, and more. Scandalous Hands does a good amount of cover songs, putting their own spin on it. Troy stated that they “try to make the arrangements as tight as possible” and for the songs they cover, they try to make it their own. In the future, Scandalous Hands hopes to go full time. They expressed an interest in having a saxophone and horn player join the band. They also hope to release a live album and videos for their songs. Adam stated that he would like to play with Modeski Martin and Wood, John Scofield or Herbie Handcock. 

“ [Scandalous Hands] Straddles the line between familiar and unfamiliar”

After the interview, I stayed to watch their set. They started with “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Handock. Their version had a great amount of improv moments as well as a strong influence of rock. They transitioned into a slower version of “Breakdown” with lots of keyboard improv, which became a dreamy interlude with “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder. Another extremely memorable moment was an explosive guitar solo in their rendition of “Dear Prudence”. With a tight lineup and great spirit, Scandalous Hands takes the classics and reinvents them in the best way. They are an impressive band to see live and I highly recommend following their performances. You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, and Youtube @Scandaloushands.

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