Destiny can be a rapidly shifting target. Ask Chris Hughes, singer of electro-metal outfit The Black Hand, whose current creative endeavors represent a new life for the frontman, after a devastating injury.
Hughes was in the midst of an 8-year career as a pro BMX rider when a poorly constructed mega-ramp nearly took his life during a competition in France. Hughes was hospitalized with damage to his lung and pancreas, and the time spent recovering afforded him the opportunity to reconsider his future path in life.
“Once riding becomes your job, after a while it just starts to wear on your brain, because you know that potentially you’re going to get seriously hurt,” explains Hughes. “Then it happened—I got hurt really, really bad—so I started thinking, ‘Well, I can continue to do this and be left with nothing at an older age, or I could chase music, my other true passion. That’s where it really began.”
In addition to Hughes on vocals, the group also includes guitarist Mayauel Garavito, drummer Rob McDonald, bassist Allix Johnson and keyboardist/supporting vocalist Jeremy Grasso.
With their powerful new full-length debut complete, the band is now hard at work rehearsing for upcoming shows and potential tours, while forthcoming video for “Where Are You Now” promises to push the band’s music into exciting visual territory. For now, Hughes says the band is satisfied just seeing the daily transformation of their musical dreams into reality.