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2020 became the year Ramonda Hammer graduated from being the Los Angeles grunge scene’s best-kept secret to the songwriters of network TV’s angstiest title theme when the band’s single “Hoax” was picked to soundtrack the intro to Bill Burr’s Comedy Central program The Ringers. The recognition was well-deserved—the single comes from their powerhouse debut released last year, which feels like the beginning of a momentous career.

The band is keeping that momentum going today with their latest one-off single, “Big Hands,” which was produced by Illuminati Hotties’ Sarah Tudzin. It’s an earnest hard-rock ballad split between soft verses and heavy choruses, detailing vocalist Devin Davis’ recent relationship woes.

“I wrote ‘Big Hands’ during a time when I thought I was losing the love of my life,” shares Davis. “It’s a desperate apology. But It’s the kind of apology where you can’t find the words to say you’re sorry, so you make an offering, a token of affection that can’t undo what’s been done, but it’s the best you can do at the time. The song repeats several times: ‘It’s the thought that counts,’ and thoughtfulness has to mean something, right? It’s about working on emotional intelligence. Not condoning bad behavior, but it’s pointing out all the good that comes with the bad.”

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Devin, Andy, Justin, Mark

New Professor Music Released on: 2020-04-24

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On Ramonda Hammer’s searing debut LP I Never Wanted Company”, front-woman Devin Davis takes a hard look at her struggle between despairing loneliness and embracing independence. The Los Angeles quartet’s blistering guitars and Davis’s paint-peeling vocals – recalling past greats like Hole and likeminded contemporaries like Mannequin Pussy – form the support for lyrics that grapple with two years of emotional upheaval for Davis.
Since the band released their 2017 EP Destroyers, a release that cemented Ramonda Hammer as a tentpole act in LA’s surging community of woman- and queer-fronted bands, Davis struggled to come to terms with her codependency, fought against her own overwhelming over-analysis, and got into her first queer relationship.
The result is an album that’s bruising, cathartic, searching, and ultimately therapeutic. Featuring production by Alex Newport ( At The Drive In, Bloc Party), I Never Wanted Company is a powerful and triumphant return for the quartet – including Justin Geter on guitar, Andy Hengl on bass, and Mark Edwards on drums.
“No one is coming! No one!” Davis wails at the end of lead single “Hoax”. On its face, it’s a bleak and almost nihilistic statement – but for her, it’s a call to independence. Davis hopes the album will help people who want to take better control over their own lives and emotions. “I’m an anxious person,” she says. “It helps me to play loud rock music with gritty sounds and brash lyrics. Sometimes you to scream to wake people up.”

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releases June 14th, 2019

All songs written and performed by Ramonda Hammer