New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Green Light Go Entertainment)
The Handcuffs will celebrate Halloween the punk rock way, at Reggies Rock Club on October 31st opening for The Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell. Cornwell's band also includes Rock & Roll Hall of Fame drummer Clem Burke who will sit in with The Handcuffs on a song during their set, too.
When you see The Handcuffs live, you're not only getting a balls-out, tight sexy, rock show, you'll also get to see front-woman Chloe
F. Orwell's famously awesome boot collection as well as drummer Brad Elvis's astounding skills behind the kit. The two, who describe their partnership as, "Two musical rebels handcuffed together through thick and thin" sound like "T-Rex and the Ting Tings
straddling Goldfrapp". The duo, now a quintet, featuring Emily Togni, a Tennessee-by-way-of-Arkansas native, Chicagoan Ellis Clark on guitar and former New Jersey girl Alison Hinderliter on keyboards, The Dead Superheroes Orchestra and Happy Hunting will join them.
The Handcuffs have shared the stage with Blondie, Eleni Mandell, Ike Reilly Assassination, Mucca Pazza and Chamber Strings, The Coral, Evan Dando
(Lemonheads), Joan Jett, Robbie Fulks, and Glenn
Tilbrook (Squeeze) on their tours of the U.S., winning the hearts of fans with their dynamic live shows. They have played CMJ, and their songs have been featured on The Margaret Cho Show, The Hills, Laguna Beach, Celebrity Rehab, and the Sundance and SXSW award winning documentary The Education of Shelby Knox, to name just a few.
Prolific writers and producers, The Handcuffs have officially released two albums, recorded with Mike Hagler (Wilco, the Pulsars, Neko Case, the Mekons) at Kingsize Sound Laboratories in Chicago, with the third, Waiting for the Robot, scheduled for release on Sept. 6, 2011. The first two albums received praise from the likes of Jim DeRogatis, who calls Orwell "sultry" and Elvis "irrepressible" as well as airplay on dozens of college, commercial, satellite and Internet radio stations throughout the world including KROQ.
The Handcuffs evolved from Elvis and Orwell's desire to explore a broad sonic territory while still believing in the power of a great radio hook. Their songs are fresh yet timeless, edgy yet accessible, skillfully crafted yet easily memorable. Their influences range from Bowie to Bacharach, P.J. Harvey
to the Pixies, White Album to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
with some Ting Tings, T-Rex and Sparks tossed in for good measure. You could spend all day trying to name that tune, but by nighttime it would still be The Handcuffs.
Praise for The Handcuffs' Waiting for the Robot
"Alright, let's get right to the point here, this is a great album. It's a stripped-down DIY take on alt-glam with the breakout track - instant party song all-time classic..."
"Timeless, timely and fresh, Waiting For The Robot is an instant classic. The Handcuffs define their space and own it."
"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 sizable glam rock crunch."
-Chicago Concert Goers
"...The Handcuffs proved to be a potent opening act, drawing heavily from their impressive third CDWaiting For The Robot...Entertaining a crowd that's eager to see a legend like Blondie
is always a challenge, but the Chloe
F. Orwell/Brad Elvis-led group succeeded with energetic and melodic fare..."
-Terrence Flamm, Illinois Entertainer
"Through the thirteen tracks of their latest album Waiting For The Robot, [The Handcuffs] mostly succeed in creating new wave party rock with enough true character to keep things interesting....The Handcuffs are definitely worth a taste of your time."
"...'Waiting for the Robot' showcases their loud, fun crashing, bashing pop mayhem...there's a songwriting craftsmanship in tracks such as "Miss You On Tuesday" that is timeless and classy. Chloe
F. Orwell is a sultry singer and the creative talents of drummer and chief writer Brad Elvis, have given her a platform from which to take off, fly and swoop with abandon."
"Drums Lead: Handcuffs break out from the tradition styles of music. There aren't a great number of musical groups for whom the drummer is the prime creative force. But there aren't many bands like The Handcuffs, either."
-Tim Cain, Herald & Review
"It's this attention to reverence of the past, without sounding obnoxiously retro, that really grabs my ear. ...you'll find hooks-a-plenty, which is just the way I like my pop. As for listing other bands that this band might be comparative to, I'd rather not. The Handcuffs have their own thing going, and it's really something"
-Dan Pavelich, Kenosha News
"Dirty Glitter" featured on iHearditOn.com: "Sexy vocals from this Chicago
indie rock group. The lyrics seem tame when huskily sung by Chloe
"Chicago-based duo The Handcuffs are on a mission to relegate the omnipotent R&B sound to the margins of your musical life with a style and energy that'll take your breath away. ...It's garage rock with a classic twist and as catchy as a baseball mitt soaked in super glue. You just can't escape the hold of the Handcuffs."
-The Devil Has The Best Tuna
"Overall, Waiting for the Robot is an outstanding offering from The Handcuffs, and any fan of glam or pop or rock or a combination of the three will find this thing irresistible. Listen to it twice through and you'll have more than one favorite new song."
-Kevin Triebsch, Atlanta Music
"...They've gotten better and better. And better. And again this year, they're even better...Their metier is solid songs. And how many solid songs can you have in you before you start repeating yourself? In the case of The Handcuffs, a bunch, apparently. ...Waiting for the Robot, like The Handcuffs' previous two releases, is going to find its way into my year-end top 10."
-Herald & Review
The Handcuffs Media Page: http://glgpub.com/roster/the-handcuffs
The Handcuffs Celebrate Halloween at Reggies Rock Club Monday, October 31st
With The Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell and Dead Superheroes Orchestra
LAST RITES PRESENTS...HALLOWEEN WITH A PUNK ROCK LEGEND!
Monday, October 31
Reggies Rock Club
2105 S. State
St., Chicago, IL
Phone: (312) 949-0120
$15 in advance/ $18 DOS
Also on the bill: The Dead Superheroes Orchestra and Happy Hunting