release album, stay focused, remain lighthearted…oh, and get the BLURT nod of
approval, too. Presenting our very first BLURT-Sonicbids “Best Kept Secret”
pick – for more details on how to qualify, go to BLURT’s Sonicbids page.
By Mandy Rodgers
The Handcuffs rock duo was born after a chance newsstand encounter
between Chloe Orwell and Brad Elvis in matching purple suede jackets.
Though the serendipitous description of Orwell and Elvis’s
first meeting on the band’s official Website is not entirely true, the real
jackets were stolen from them.
“That’s how cool they were,” says Orwell now. “But,
fortunately, the relationship lives on. No one can ever steal that away from
us. We like to think that whoever stole our jackets will meet up someday in a
The two first played music together in Elvis’s Chicago-based
band Big Hello where Orwell helped write music and sang lead. Big Hello gave
the two significant exposure, but they decided to venture into new territory
after realizing they were the ones holding the group together.
“It’s as if we were handcuffed together in a positive,
creative way,” says Orwell, of the band’s name. “Brad came up with the name,
and we both just thought it was a really good rock ‘n’ roll moniker.”
Now, they have enlisted the help of bassist Emily Togni (via
Craig’s List) and guitarist/keyboardist Ellis Clark (through a nightclub) to
round out the band’s sound.
Although they’re all friends, the core of The Handcuffs is
still Orwell and Elvis.
“We really like playing with them. They have a good positive
energy,” says Orwell. “And they’re kinda fine with that – to be along for the
After releasing a new album, Electroluv, on Dec. 2, the group plans to record and tour next year
but feels most rewarded by the little things.
“The biggest rewards are often the ones that are seemingly
the tiniest, like a fan says, ‘you changed my life with that song’ or your
BLURT’s ‘Best Kept Secret,'” says Orwell.
“All the small things,” adds Elvis.
“Good name for a song – oh wait, somebody already did that,”
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