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

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.


Speak N Spell

Frenchkiss Records





Nick Johnston - vocals

Phillip Hadfield - bass

Michael Ramirez - guitar

Brent Harris - drums

Jonathan Lee - guitar

Elroy Finn - drums