We get to know Canadian indie band House Handshake.
So, who are you?
We are House Handshake, we create Joyful, sensual indie-folk.
Where are you from?
Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
How long have you been together?
This is our second year. We launched at the start of 2018.
How long have you been playing music?
We’ve all been playing since were in high school or even middle school for some of us.
Why should people listen to your band?
We bring two lead vocalists who sing with smouldering chemistry. The connection between the whole band is something you can hear on our recordings. We all live together and we’re very, very close and it’s fun to listen too.
What is your ideal touring line-up?
We’d love to just be working with people we enjoy. A group we’re friends with around town like Odder Than The Otters or someone like Micah Erinberg.
What does music mean to you?
What is art without the viewer? It’s not just about the ART it’s also about the viewer. When you create art alone it may be satisfying but the entire point is to share it. The expression implanted on that piece of art is now a tool used for the artist and the viewers. In music it’s much the same it’s satisfying to create music but when you share that and you make music with someone it becomes even more powerful. Music is special because its intangible, it only happens in one moment so there’s a special connection. When people move to the music played in the room it literally moves the music itself. Music to us, it’s a relief from everything that does not matter, to surrender to the moment and enjoy with your neighbours.
What was the first record you bought when you were younger?
Quinton: Something by System Of a Down.
Sarah: Purple Rain – Prince.
Darrell: American Idiot – Green Day.
Tanner: Monks – Bad Habit.
What artists first inspired you to start playing music?
We all had some sort of musical influence around us. There’s always been good music in everyone’s life but the people around us inspired us to pick up instruments.
What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?
Cage The Elephant’s album cover Trouble is something we’ve noticed.
What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?
The EP we have out now has some pretty different tracks. ‘Insecurities’ could be a part of a action movie. ‘Ease Me Into It’ could be in a feel good movie. ‘Procrastination’ could be in a dramatic type of movie. It’s intended for a wide audience.
Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…
Audience’s The House on the Hill. This album is AMAZING and nobody has ever heard of it even though it’s from the 70’s.
As for books and a movie we could argue about which one to put down so we’re just gonna leave you with the record.
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