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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

"A touch of glam and a consistently hard guitar attack mixed within classic pop melodies..." [8/14/2013]

Broken Hearted Toy

"Chicago lounge perverts The Handcuffs bring a slinky sensibility to the musty garage genre. If Portishead were raised on a diet of Count Chocula and JG Ballard novels, they would probably sound like this. Conversely, if Blondie were weaned on Portishead, the results would be similar. Either way, the Handcuffs keep it smooth and deviant."

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Wobble House

"Elvis’ secret weapon isn’t his skinny ties or his rolling fills, it’s his songwriting. Strongly power pop, with recent glam flourishes and rocking backbeats."

Thomas Conner - Chicago Sun-Times
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