The Handcuffs return to 27 Live! With Swimsuit Addition and The Queue.
Swimsuit Addition, The Queue
1012-1014 Church Street
Evanston, IL, 60201
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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 Showtime, the CW, NBC, Showtime, MTV, VH1, PBS, HBO, A&E and 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.
swimsuit addition began as an all-girl three-piece full of high-spirited spit and vinegar. within a year of forming, they played a string of successful shows, including opening for poppy-noise punk gods melt-banana, the ever-energetic davila 666, and the breakout retro pop group from brooklyn, friends. they've since reconstructed their line-up a few times and amplified their misbehavior with new members, genders, and handfuls of colorful song titles. their first EP, "kittyhawk," which the chicago reader called "the catchiest thing to hit this town since the spanish flu in 1918," came out in february 2012 and they are currently working on their full-length record, "wretched pin-ups."
One city, one show, one song at a time. The Queue have worked relentlessly to bring their own brand of music to fans across the country. Building a reputation for their roaring guitars and unforgettable hooks, The Queue have found a way to fuse solid melodies, indelible harmonies and gritty rock to produce a sound their fans have identified with and called their own. With a distinctive British pop influence, interlaced with an American Alternative sound, their style singles them out from the traditional.
The culmination of creative song writing and solid musical styles of its members Sean Mulligan (Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards), James Marshall Duich (Guitars, Vocals), Mike Schiff (Bass) and Aaron Bouslog (Drums), set The Queue above many of their contemporaries. Collectively, they are well on their way to accomplish what they set out to do. To play great rock and roll for as many people in as many places as they can.