House Handshake is soulful sensual indie-folk. A chosen family on and off the stage; they reside together in Winnipeg, Manitoba where they focus their time and energy on writing and performing their own original music. Their sets are a joyful performance that consist of role changes as they shift around the stage to support each other. Sarah and Quinton couple wide and beautifully contrasted harmonies with songs that are packed with more hooks, and personal lyrics.
How would you describe your music?
Joyful, sensual indie-folk
Tell us about the history of the project?
We are a band that lives together in Winnipeg, Canada. Since we started this project we decided we needed to live together. It focuses our goals and keep things real close to the chest. It tightens our sound and it strengthens our chemistry. In 2017 we conceptualized and tried to figure out our line up in 2018 we moved in together and kept our nose to the grindstone ever since. We’ve played over 50 gigs, headlined a festival, released our first EP and received soaring reviews
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We all come from a very different style of music but what really inspires us these days is each other. Everything that we’re writing now is directly inspired by our relationships around us and it makes for some real genuine music. Of course we have big name heroes like Shakey Graves, Alabama Shakes, Frank Zappa, Etta James, and Mother Mother to name a few but the real inspiration came from the people that we grew up with and the people that are here now
What inspires you?
Love, compassion. Empathy is a strong one in our house.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We write everywhere. We looove to jam so we’re constantly making new sounds and experimenting. The bulk of it happens in our house but we are always together so you never know when one of those jams will turn into a full song that we’re ready to perform
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Right now we have these 3 songs we transition into (Insecurities, Like A Cigarette, Ease Me Into It) and it’s so much fun to do because it always changes just a little bit each time so it can be very exciting.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Shakey Graves, Alabama Shakes, Cage The Elephant and since we’re dreaming Paul McCartney
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
A lot of us seem to be frustrated. Money isn’t made off our songs no matter how much we spent on it unless we’re making millions of streams and it seems that those that are making millions of streams are backed by big labels and industry giants. I think the mainstream is very pitiful in regards to Art. Most of what you find in the mainstream is about the same thing and of course it does because the industry giants have boiled it down to a science and they can just continuously pump out songs. This is NOT to say that everything in the mainstream is the same we don’t want to discredit hard workers. BUT there are a lot of innovative thinkers out there right now who are being given amazing tools like live streams, website builders and streaming to name a few and from what I’m seeing I think we can bring the industry back to a true appreciation of art
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We had planned about 9 shows for the month of August last year and 2 days before we left for the first festival I chipped a bone in my wrist. As the only guitar player in the band that was a big problem but that’s where Tate joined us. He was an excellent songwriter and player and his band had just broke up. While I was still in the hospital I called him up and asked if he’d join us. He learned about 15 songs in two days. Afterwards when my wrist healed we couldn’t let go of him so now we’re a six piece because of that intense time last Augus
What are your future plans?
We’re working towards releasing a self titled full album. Our next release will be a short EP called ‘Handshake’ released sometime in the fall and then we’ll go into the studio again and record 5 more songs and compile the EP’s into the full album ‘House Handshake’.