House Handshake Give Great Details of New EP and Plans for the Future!


Joyful sensual indie folk group HOUSE HANDSHAKE have just released their new EP "House", and decide to share with us great details of their EP, music, and plans ahead.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

It started with Sarah and I moving from Winnipeg to Vancouver. We found a big home living with 3 other musicians who happened to also be from Winnipeg. In time, a room needed to be filled and that’s where our player Darrell came in. Something clicked when he joined us. Darrell and I met in passing before in Winnipeg but we didn't really know each other but we quickly came to learn that our family have been friends for generations and that we actually are family.  It felt kismet, the chemistry was so strong and we just knew we had to share this with people. So we decided to go for it. The first step was moving back to Winnipeg it just felt like something was calling us back there and we had to follow our guts. Everything fell into place quite simply after that. Our keyboard player Tanner was good friends with Darrell and he was there to greet us our first day home.  We found a house in the center of the city late 2017. Then In 2018 we launched our selves as a band not long after we found our drummer Brennan and second guitar player Tate. They were unexpected finds, we never intended to be a 6 piece but they have such great chemistry with us it was just another gut feeling. We’ve kept our nose to the grindstone ever since. We’ve played over 50 gigs, headlined our first festival, had soaring reviews on our first EP and our working towards releasing a full album.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

House Handshake came from a mutual friend back in Vancouver. He use to do this handshake and about the time we decided to go back to Winnipeg he was showing it to a guest and he said something like "Oh, so its like your house handshake" and I stopped and said that it! I mean, I feel it fits us a band the lives together and we’re all very open to people.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We are based in Winnipeg and the music community here is just unbelievable. Not only is there great songwriters and talented people but their also incredibly uplifting. We have cooperation here and friendly competition.

4. How would you describe your style?

Joyful Sensual Indie-Folk.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve released our first EP "House" you can find the four tracks everywhere digitally. This and the next EP are working towards our self titled full album. We’ve got another 4 tracks we’ll be recording soon for the next EP "Handshake" so follow us so you can keep up.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Most of us are song writers so we’re actually sitting on over 50 songs right now. There’s about 30 we pick and choose for our live sets which can be frustrating for 45 minutes. There’s tons of music in the works and we’re constantly jamming and writing new things sometimes we post teasers of it on our social medias.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

We’re planning a tour this summer through Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario if anyone is in the area. As for Winnipeg shows it’s easy to catch us.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

We have big plans in our community to tie in more art into concerts and getting the music industry of all facets working together to create something that I truly think can be revolutionary. There’s so much cool stuff happening you just got to follow us to see. I can’t spoil too much.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find us everywhere digitally. If you want more go to our website at www.househandshake.com  and sign up for the newsletter or follow us on Instagram, YouTube & Facebook.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

We want them to remember their past and dig deep down inside to reflect and acknowledge their feelings. - Quinton Poitras

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