Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols & Rich Kids), Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers)

Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols & Rich Kids)

Glen Matlock needs little introduction. As well as penning arguably the most famous punk song ever, Pretty Vacant, Glen wrote the music to the Sex Pistols classics, including Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen, creating the benchmarks for any aspiring rock band. The Sex Pistols reunions have given the world the chance to see Glen reaffirm his rightful position as the cornerstone of the Pistols music. However, the Sex Pistols represent only a fraction of what Glen has achieved. His next band, the Rich Kids, put out one of the most influential albums of the late 70s, Ghosts Of Princes In Towers, packed full of rock ‘n’ pop gems. Working with Iggy Pop, (who recorded Glen’s song Ambition), during the 80s, kept him in the limelight and at the top of his game.

Hugh Cornwell (of The Stranglers)

Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK's finest song-writing talents and accomplished live performers. The original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty-one top forty singles, etching himself into the UK's musical psyche with Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Always the Sun, Grip, Nice N Sleazy, Duchess, Walk on By, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep.

Cornwell has released eight solo albums, most recently Hooverdam, produced and mixed in Toerag Studios by Liam Watson, known for the Grammy winning White Stripes’ Elephant.

Hooverdam is available as a high-quality free download in twelve languages from his own website, bringing Cornwell’s music free to the world’s population. It’s available as a triple-sleeved digipak featuring both CD and live studio performance DVD Blueprint, in one exclusive package. The album is also issued on vinyl.

With the masterpiece Hooverdam available as a free download, Cornwell breaks new ground and proves himself again to be a unique force in British music.

New Songs for King Kong, a limited edition 'live' double CD and vinyl recorded on the last UK tour, featuring Hooverdam and The Stranglers first album Rattus Norvegicus 1V in their entirety, is available exclusively from Cornwell’s website.

"Hooverdam is the cousin to Lou Reed’s storming 1988 LP New York. It’s a very coherent album with a timeless quality." - Record Collector

"Cornwell remains a hugely popular & prolific performer whose songwriting retains its fiery eloquence and whose gigs still crackle with electricity" - Classic Rock

The Handcuffs

The Handcuffs embody the spirit of rock music's uninhibited, sexy and overbearing appeal. A perfect blend of style and energy. They do not sound like anyone else, but at the same time they seem very familiar. They are influenced by everything good that sells and anything good that doesn't.

Chloe F. Orwell, the designated blonde, is the lead singer whose stage presence and vocal stylings ooze sex and scorch and rock and roll. She can slide from a corduroy growl to a shimmering silky sigh in a Detroit second.

Brad Elvis is a black-haired, four-handed drummer whose manic-panic style paints a 747 jet rhythm to every song. Brad is also the chief songwriter, although Chloe is known to have a song or two stashed in her boots.

The Chicago-based pair originally teamed up several years ago when Brad recruited Chloe as lead vocalist and contributing songwriter for his band Big Hello, which released three critically acclaimed CDs and played hundreds of shows. Their potent creative chemistry quickly earned the duo a worldwide fan base plus accolades in mainstream and alternative publications throughout the world, including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Columbus Dispatch, The Big Takeover, Punk Planet, Amplifier, Sound Affects (Sweden), Jem (Japan), Mojo (U.K), Bucketfull of Brains (U.K.) and countless others.

The Handcuffs evolved from Brad and Chloe's desire to explore a broader sonic territory, while still believing in the power of a great radio hook. Their influences range from Sparks to Bowie, Eno to Beck, PJ Harvey to Iggy Pop, Zeppelin to Queens of the Stone Age, with some Blur, Blondie and Bacharach tossed in for good measure. Their songs are fresh yet timeless; edgy yet accessible, skillfully crafted yet easily memorable.

The duo started out making boombox demos with Chloe on guitar or bass and Brad often singing the lead vocals and keeping time on a cardboard box or whatever was handy. Proper studio sessions, with the help of additional guest instrumentalists, followed and The Handcuffs recorded dozens of songs with engineer/producer Mike Hagler (Neko Case, Wilco, the Pulsars, the Mekons). Then came song placement in hit television shows and films, followed by the self-produced music video that aired on FUSE TV, all of which seemed to help get the buzz in motion. With plans to release their debut CD, they finally decided to put a live band together.

To complete their line-up, Brad and Chloe have recently welcomed three powerhouse musicians to help them deliver the rock. Enter bassist Emily Togni, a Tennessee-by-way-of-Arkansas native; and hometown boy Ellis Clark on guitar and keys. Both contribute to the mix with spot on backing vocals (and a musical open-mindedness that is vital to The Handcuffs' sound and vision).

The Handcuffs' have released two CDs: the debut "Model for a Revolution" in 2006 and "Electroluv" in December 2008. Their songs have received airplay on college, commercial, satellite and internet radio throughout the world, including the legendary KROQ radio station in Los Angeles. Dozens of their songs have been placed in films and television shows, including the CW's "Gossip Girl," MTV's "The Hills," "Next," "Parental Control," "Laguna Beach" and more and shows on A&E, E!, Fuel, the CW, PBS and more. The Handcuffs' music is also featured on the soundtrack of the Sundance and SXSW award winning documentary The Education of Shelby Knox, which spent a few weeks airing on PBS's prestigious P.O.V. series.

The Handcuffs' goals for the future: keep writing, keep recording, keep evolving..



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