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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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"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."

"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

"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

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

Broken Hearted Toy

"Brad and Chloe blow off a lot of the froth in a tougher but no less melodic approach, with guitars that hit harder and beats that mean more business. Orwell smoothly shifts from the Cyndi Lauper-type character she conveyed in Big Hello* to a bold and brassy pre-hip-hop Gwen Stefani."

Ira Robbins, Trouser Press
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