Detroit area-based band contrasts bright melodies with dark lyrics on latest single, “The Watcher;” Hear it streaming now via Atwood Magazine.
Handgrenades (L-R): Andrew Pawelski, Joby Kaslowski, Jesse Shepherd-Bates, Nick Chevillet, Joel Sanders. Photo credit: Doug Coombe.
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“A brighter, catchy melody serves as the background to the song’s fairly dark lyrics.” – Atwood Magazine on “The Watcher.”
Handgrenades – On Tour
11/04 Bay City, MI @ Bemo’s
11/05 Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch Record Release Show
11/17 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
11/18 Chicago, IL @ The Elbo Room
12/01 Saginaw, MI @ White’s
12/02 Muncie, IN @ Be Here Now
12/08 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk’s
12/09 New York, NY @ Cake Shop
12/16 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Handgrenades was formed by high school friends Andrew Pawelski and Nick Chevillet in “Downriver,” the unofficial name of a collection of suburban cities south of Detroit. The band released its debut full-length in 2012, produced at Ghetto Recorders in Detroit by Jim Diamond, best-known for his work on the first two albums by The White Stripes.
Now, a more refined, five-piece version of Handgrenades has arrived, including Detroit-based guitar stalwart, Jesse Shepherd-Bates, and another Detroit-area veteran, keyboardist, Joel Sanders. This sonically evolved version of the band will release its second full-length Tunnels on Nov. 4th, 2016, the same day it kicks off a series of tour dates to round out the year.
Produced by Zach Shipps of Electric Six, the songs on Tunnels could only have emerged from this veritable cauldron of the Detroit music scene, simmering, and now boiling over with one catchy tune after another. Click to hear the first two singles, “Daily Routine” and “The Watcher.”
“It doesn’t sound like a rehash of someone else. Zach made this record sound like us,” Sanders says, with Shepherd-Bates adding, “Zach brings a lot of insight, and he really improved the structure of our songs. We adhered to a philosophy when making this record: Every idea, we’re going to see through, every idea, it will be attempted. These songs are a group effort, and nobody ever got shot down.”
In addition to the Beatles-esque melodies, three-part vocal harmonies, guitar rock edges, and Motown flavors that Handgrenades had already established as part of its musical identity, Tunnels shows off modern influences such as The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, and The National.
Oh, and David Lynch.
“A lot of David Lynch,” Chevillet says of the inspiration for “Daily Routine,” the lead single from Tunnels which AllMusic recently described as “urgent and harmonious.” “I’ve never really liked anything creepy or dark before Lynch,” Chevillet explains. “This was the first time I’ve been able to avoid direct lyrics like ‘I love you,’ and ‘You broke my heart.’”
Tunnels arrives on Nov. 4th, 2016, preceded by the singles “Daily Routine,” and “The Watcher.” The band launches a tour that same day. Members of Handgrenades are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Nov, 4th, 2016
01. Settle For You
06. A Heart Like Yours
08. In Absentia
09. Wrapped In Plastic
11. Green Eyes (Bonus Track)
12. See You Around (Bonus Track)
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion