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by The Handcuffs

This second record by The Handcuffs draws on a range of influences from glam to cool pop and features sultry vocalist Chloe F. Orwell and irrepressible drummer Brad Elvis. The follow up to the successful "Model for a Revolution."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Electroluv
3:20 $0.99
2. Half a Mind
3:03 $0.99
3. I Just Wanna\' Be Free, Man
3:51 $0.99
4. Turn it Up
4:04 $0.99
5. Somebody Somewhere
3:02 $0.99
6. Russian or Polish Girl
3:34 $0.99
7. God is Sure One Funny Girl
0:22 $0.99
8. Fake Friends
3:22 $0.99
9. Wonderful Life
3:20 $0.99
10. Resurrection
2:26 $0.99
11. Baby Boom Box
3:37 $0.99
12. Gotta\' Problem with Me?
2:21 $0.99
13. One More Song
2:34 $0.99
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Album Notes
Continuing the tradition of delivering powerful, melody-driven songs accompanied by surprise twists and bold production, The Handcuffs are back with their sophomore album, “Electroluv.” Recorded with Mike Hagler (Wilco, Neko Case, etc.) at Kingsize Sound Laboratories in Chicago, “Electroluv” promises a sonic adventure filled with edgy anthems; cool, sexy sounds; and radio ready songs that stick in your head and on your lips long after the first play. 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, NBC. Their songs have also received airplay on commercial, college, satellite and internet radio all over the world. The Handcuffs are vocalist/instrumentalist Chloe F. Orwell and drummer Brad Elvis with band in tow (bassist Emily Togni, guitarist Susie Q and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter). For more information please visit


"Fronted by sultry vocalist Chloe F. Orwell and powered by irrepressible drummer Brad Elvis, the Handcuffs came together several years ago as a duo, forming from the ashes of the local power-pop band Big Hello and drawing on a range of glam and cool pop influences from David Bowie to Blondie to Britpop. At long last, they're celebrating the follow-up to their debut album 'Model for a Revolution' with the release of their new disc 'Electroluv.' Hot off a number of shows at the College Music Journal Conference in New York last month and riding the buzz created by the selection of the effervescent new song 'Gotta' Problem with Me?' for Margaret Cho's VH1 series, the band is celebrating with a record release show...
--Chicago Sun-Times

"An immensely catchy and considerably glam pop-rock record that inserts its hooks into your brain and refuses to leave."
--Chicago Tribune Red Eye

"Like bread and butter, Brad Elvis and Chloe Orwell, of the Chicago-based band The Handcuffs, work together to spread peace, passion and the power of rock with their second album, Electroluv."
--Amplifier Magazine

"Not a bad tune in the litter, with the piano poundin' 'Half A Mind,' the dreamy 'Wonderful Life' and the kicky, bass-and-drum-heavy 'Baby Boombox' shining particularly brightly... Extremely highly recommended."
--Goldmine Magazine

"The band's new album, 'Electroluv,' is just out, and rocketed into my top 10 for the year...What I like best about this album is the songs are allowed to breathe."
--The Herald & Review

"Chicago's The Handcuffs release album, stay focused, remain lighthearted...oh, and get the BLURT nod of approval, too."
--Blurt's Best Kept Secret feature, Blurt Magazine

"The songs on the CD range from the quirky, catchy as a terminal cold that you don't want to cure, 'Electroluv,' with its Lady Madonnaesque guitar/saxophone attack, to the breezy, optimistic anthem, 'Turn It Up,' to the punkified pop of 'Somebody Somewhere.' 'Electroluv' delivers a smorgasbord of rocking sounds including blazing guitars, fat bottomed bass, pianos, organs, flutes, saxophones, synthesizers, vibraphones and a Hammond B3 organ. And of course the icing on the smorgasbord is the signature sweltering, velvety hot sauce vocals from Chloe F. Orwell and the glue that holds it all together, the wall of sound drumming that sounds like a stampeding herd of a thousand arms battering away at the drum kit of Brad Elvis."
--Natalie Word Magazine

"Orwell sounds more like Debbie Harry on 'Electroluv,' walking the same line between coquettish and defiant, in a broad spectrum of styles. The resourceful Orwell adds synth, flute, sax, organ, vibraphone and guitar); the sound is less pure pop and more, dare it be said, adult. Brad's songs tend to cling to tag lines ('Half a Mind,' 'God Is Sure One Funny Girl,' 'I Just Wanna Be Free, Man,' the outstanding 'Gotta' Problem With Me?') in the choruses, but most of the ideas being ridden so hard are clever enough for it not to matter. The peppy 'Somebody Somewhere,' with distorted spoken vocals, is ferocious fun, while Orwell's 'Turn It Up' is another highlight."
--Trouser Press

"This Chicago-based duo aim for Creature's sexy style, Ladytron's rock chops and the raw energy of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs."
--CHARTattack, Canada

"Unlike some bands that settle for imitation, Elvis and Orwell know that the reason their influences sounded so good was because they kept trying new things. So they do the same. The result is yet another swell album."
--Hablo Ennui



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The Best Record (Anywhere) of 2008?
I still remember the first time I heard "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis, and how thrilling and breathtaking and hypnotic it all was, and how I never wanted it to end. "Turn it Up," easily the greatest song I heard all year, packs that same punch. From the moment the vibraphone rings in - and how Brian "Let Him Run Wild" Wilson is that? - to the swirling conclusion will literally leave you gasping for air. To hear Chloe's voice climb high to plead (or maybe demand) "Turn it up! Turn it up!" is this record's crowning achievement and worth the price of admission alone. But there's so much more, all nestled in an organic bed of warm piano. The mid-disc hat trick of "God is Sure One Funny Girl" through "Wonderful Life" comes complete with Chloe practically screaming at the top of her talented lungs in the first of these three to later swinging a sweet octave-jumping background vocal as she sings about her wonderful life. The songwriting of drummer Brad Elvis has reached a pinnacle here: This album could have (and would have) topped the Billboard charts in the mid-'70s. Everyone from T-Rex to Elton John to the Monkees to Cheap Trick has influenced this music, and I am not only thrilled, breathless and hypnotized but hopelessly - and happily - in electroluv.