Emily Armstrong (vocalist/guitars/songs), Siouxsie Medley (guitars/backing vocals), Sean Friday (drummer/programmer/co-producer) first broke through with their 2012 single "Weatherman"—a churning stew of punky riffs, with chugging hard rock grooves, and throat-shredding vocals that reached No. 30 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart and was followed by tour dates supporting Muse. "Hands Up" was the first new music from Dead Sara since September 2018, when the band released a stripped-down version of "Anybody," a single originally found on Temporary Things Taking Up Space. That EP built on the success of 2015’s Pleasure to Meet You, which reached No. 2 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and No. 7 on the Hard Rock Albums chart.
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