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The Handcuffs

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Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook.

Inhabiting some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Killers and Spiders from Mars era Bowie, The Handcuffs deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows on the CW, NBC, Showtime, MTV, VH1, PBS, HBO, A&E and more. The Handcuffs' music has received airplay on college, commercial, satellite and internet radio throughout the world including KROQ, KCRW and KCSN (Los Angeles), WXPN (Philadelphia), M3 Radio (New York City), WKQX, WLUW and WXRT (Chicago), InterFM 76.1 (Tokyo), Onda Madrid (Spain), Goldie's Garage (NYC/Sirius), Pandora and many more.

The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says New Jersey-based rock critic Phil Rainone. "There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout," adds North Carolina-based critic Bill Kopp, and the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Music fans and drum aficionados may recognize co-leader Elvis from a few major label go-arounds during his career (outspoken fans of his drum chops include "Little" Steven Van Zandt, Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos and Blondie's Clem Burke and Debbie Harry). Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse garage-glam lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.

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“Booking The Handcuffs as the opener for Blondie made for an inspired pairing… Orwell clearly relished the opportunity to open for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and she delivered a big performance to match her group’s sizeable glam rock crunch.” 


Chicago Concert Goers

"The debut CD from The Handcuffs roared its way into my eardrums with a push-pull, slinky-kinky feel that will put you into a Pulp Fiction state of mind."

Mary Wombacher, Time Out New York

"Chicago's Brad Elvis is BLURT's 4,000th Twitter follower...also a founding member and the "four-handed" drummer for The Handcuffs, who we recently profiled on the site...Brad, you rock, your band rocks."


"The Handcuffs do their best to remedy that situation by adopting the power-pop mantle and then piping energy into their music until they induce aural hallucinations akin to a cascading fireworks display...We saw them play a few weeks ago and were just blown away."

Jim Kopeny, Chicagoist

"Smart and sassy, charming and even a little bit cerebral, 'Model for a Revolution' carries a tune with such a spring in its step tht you figure The Handcuffs must have stumbled across the same fountain of youth from which their forebears sipped."

Kevin Bronson, Los Angeles Times
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