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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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"One of the many great things about the Handcuffs is they always come to play, starting with the stylish way they dress. Their wardrobe matches the glam in their rock."

Chicago Concertgoers - Dave Miller

Review on Millenium Park, Chicago show on 6/16/11: "[The Handcuffs] brought the rock and drowned out the rush hour traffic on Michigan Avenue that was only steps from the stage like they were looking to scrap with the city’s skyscrapers. Elvis was reminiscent of Keith Moon in both the way he attacked the drums and for his comic playfulness behind the kit. He exudes a rock esthetic in anything he does onstage and probably anything he does off it, too, including I suspect even when eating Cheerios for breakfast. Orwell is a captivating lead singer who projects a contagious, fun energy. Togni played the role of non-plussed bassist while grooving deeply with Elvis. Ellis Clark interjected guitar slices and raged on “Vinyl Isabella.” Newly-added Alison Hinderliter, who also plays with Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, contributed colors with her keyboard."

Dave Miller,

"That late-period powerpop gem is an overlooked classic that synthesized the RembrandtsSqueeze and other critical favorites... “Dirty Glitter” sounds like Wolfmother with a chick singer; “Miss you on Tuesday” sounds a bit like Divinyls-meets-The Muffs."

Musoscribe - Bill Kopp's Music Blog

"Sex and Violins and Rock 'n very good indeed. Handcuffed to Brad and Chloe for eternity! I'm their eternal groupie slave--and they're my cup of tea!"

Cynthia Plaster Caster

"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
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