When I think of “indie bands”, groups like House Handshake come to mind. Primarily, this is because of their willingness to annihilate genre barriers and embrace the artistic flair that stirs inside their bodies.
House Handshake is a soulful rock ‘n’ roll sextuplet from Winnipeg, Canada. They bring together a unique blend of influences and interests that they have been able to mold into a budding sound that is laced with emotion. Their passion for music comes across well in their songs. It will be exciting, as someone who likes music, to see where they go in the future.
House Handshake can be found on YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Instagram @househandshake
• What are your biggest musical influences?
Each other. We all come from different backgrounds of music. Sarah loves big soul singers like Mama Cas, Darrell comes from pop punk and indie, Brennan comes from Jazz, Tanner comes from classic rock n roll, Quinton and Tate come from a range of rock and folk from their dads record collections. What drives the music these days is each other. The blend of influences gives us a new space to play around in and constantly inspires us to do better and try new things.
• Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Lamb Of God, Harry Nilsson, Token, Black Eyed Peas, Vivaldi. We don’t want to limit our self to any genre.
• What’s next for the band?
We’re working on recording our full album. Our next EP is called Handshake. We’ll release it this year and follow up by combining our 2 EPS with a full album 12 songs (or more) in total.
• How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music?
This is our first release as a band we didn’t even consider a physical copy. 4 songs printed onto a CD is quite costly. When we have 12 songs for the album we’ll print some beautiful physical copies for now we have the strategy to prepare and hype our audience for something to get their hands on
• Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It’s definitely made it easier to be heard but obviously musicians aren’t paid as well through streaming platforms.
• Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
I think it always starts out as an emotion, a story. Most of our music is based on love, worries, fears, real emotions. We know for us it’s not always easy to experience our emotions and music helps us walk through those doors and accept.
• Can you describe your sound?
Sensual, Soulful, Indie-Rock
• What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Scary Pockets, Vulfpeck, Alabama Shakes, Shakey Graves. Probably the most played artists in our house.
• What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Sarah & Quinton were living together in a big house full of musicians. When Darrell moved in it all seemed rather kismet. His playing just complimented them so well and then we found out that Darrell and Quintons family have been friends for generations and that they even share family in Winnipeg. That’s what started this. We continue because we believe that artists will change the world and to us, music is the easiest way to make someone feel something and help us all understand one another.
• How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
We’re sitting on about 50 written songs between just 4 of us. Each song has its writer but its always open for interpretation. Some songs have collab [sic] lyrics, others go to whomever wrote it but the music is always open and never under dictatorship.
• If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
I think all of us can agree on Alabama Shakes – Sound And Color.
• Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Could we tour with Alabama Shakes? Mother, Mother? Maybe Shakey Graves…Someday.
• What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I guess this is just a way to stretch out the content instead of releasing the whole thing in one dump. I don’t think its a bad idea at all. You’ve got to keep your audience engaged so if you give them something new to listen to every week you may keep them hooked. I’ve also seen it peter out this way where the first release is magnificent and then they lost the audiences interest because of 6 months of releasing 6 tracks. Everyone has their own strategy. Us, personally, we want more than a single.