The Hidden Hand was a stoner/doom band from Maryland formed in 2002.
The Hidden Hand was comprised of Scott "Wino" Weinrich
on guitar and vocals, Bruce Falkinburg on bass and vocals and Matt Moulis on drums. Original drummer Dave Hennesey left the band to focus more time on his band, Ostinato, and was replaced by Evan Tanner. Bassist Falkinburg is a professional recording engineer, and his Phase Studios has been the commission site of works by Clutch
, Sixty Watt Shaman
and Stinking Lizaveta
. They released their debut 7" single De-Sensitized
in late 2002, which was quickly followed by their first album Divine Propaganda
in 2003. This was followed by a split LP/CD with Washington, D.C.
band Wooly Mammoth
released to coincide with their appearance at the Emissions from the Monolith
festival. Their second full-length, Mother Teacher Destroyer
, was released on Southern Lord Records
in 2004. In 2006 drummer Evan Tanner left the band after recording their latest effort, The Resurrection of Whiskey Foote
and was replaced by Matt Moulis, who has played in DC area bands Medic and Bison.
Their music is a slight departure in style for Weinrich (whose previous bands include The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan and Place of Skulls) in that more psychedelic influences are evident. Lyrically, the band deals with politics, history and spirituality. In contrast to his previous bands, Wino has said that The Hidden Hand is political which is reflected in the lyrics.
The band split up in August 2007.
- "Rebellion" on Doom Capital CD (2004 Crucial Blast Records)
- "Falconstone" on High Volume (The Stoner Rock Collection) CD (2004 High Times Records)
- "Half Mast" on Music from Time and Space Vol. 11 CD (2004 Sysyphus Records)
- "Someday Soon" on Darkness Knows No Boundaries CD (2006 Southern Lord Records)
- "Vulcans' Children" on Darkness Hath No Boundaries CD (2006 Southern Lord Records)
- "Five Points" on ...And Back to Earth Again. Ten Years of MeteorCity 3CD (2007 MeteorCity Records)
- "Dark Horizons" on Within the Church of Thee Overlords CD (2007 Southern Lord Records)
- "Coffin Lily" on Worship the Riff CD (2007 Exile on Mainstream)