Cut Off Your Hands Profile

Stephen Heard
Published: 14 Jan 2014
Updated: 8 Apr 2020

Cut Off Your Hands are known for their brand of high-energy post-punk. Relentless touring saw them clock up countless frequent flyer miles and tear up stages alongside a who’s who of indie rock bands worldwide.

The departure of vocalist Djeisan Suskov from Auckland band Nova Echo led the remaining members to form The Shaky Hands.

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Oh Girl live at the VNZMAs 2008
Turn Cold
Cut Off Your Hands - clockwise from top: Michael Ramirez, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris
Cut Off Your Hands interview on NZOWN
A poster from June 2011
Oh Girl - Live at Red Bull Studio
Recording at the Killing Rooms, Kingsland 2012
L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
Cut Off Your Hands
Nick Johnston in the crowd
L to R: Jonathan Lee, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Phil Hadfield
November, 2012
Phil Hadfield from the Expectations video shoot
Nick Johnston
Live @ The FADER/AT&T Sideshow 2007
Cut Off Your Hands at SXSW, Texas 2009. L to R: Jonathan Lee, Nick Johnston, Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield.
Michael Ramirez from the Expectations video shoot
2009 Cut Off Your Hands tour schedule
L to R: Phil Hadfield, Brent Harris, Nick Johnston, Michael Ramirez
At the 2008 New Zealand Music Awards
L to R: Brent Harris, Phil Hadfield, Nick Johnston, Jonathan Lee
Still Fond
Nick Johnston from the Expectations video shoot
Setlist from November 2012
Cut off Your Hands: Hollow 18-7-11 Radio Wammo Show
Let's Get Out Of Here
Brent Harris from the Expectations video shoot

Speak N Spell

Frenchkiss Records





The album artwork for Blue on Blue features braille translations for the band's name and the title.

The band has an ongoing relationship with Joel Kefali from music video production company Special Problems, who has produced all of the band’s music videos and artwork.


Nick Johnston - vocals

Phillip Hadfield - bass

Michael Ramirez - guitar

Brent Harris - drums

Jonathan Lee - guitar

Elroy Finn - drums