The Handshake

The Handshake

 Houston, Texas, USA

We combine shoegazey art rock and gritty blues-based jamming


Winners of the 2011 Houston Press Music Award for "Best New Act"

The Handshake combines a range of influences from classic Americana to modern rock into something that is decidedly unique and original.

Previously played SXSW in 2011 and 2012 unofficially on several showcases including Guns in the Sun (LA) and Rethink Pop Music Showcases along bands such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Superhumanoids, Hanni El Khatib, and Fat Tony.

The band formed in a garage located in Bellaire Texas writing and practicing songs for the Bellaire Men's Club Battle of the Bands. After winning first place they decided to take things more seriously and started trying to book shows around Houston. With the first place prize they won studio time at the famed Sugar Hill Studios and worked on their debut EP "Hands Down". Since then they have worked on two other projects, one of which was recorded at Dead City Sound in Houston. In 2010 they went back to Sugar Hill Studios and recorded their American Arguments EP which was released to a capacity crowd at Warehouse Live's Green Room in the summer of 2011.

The Handshake has played on all kinds of stages across Texas, including local Houston shows at Super Happy Fun Land, Notsuoh, the revamped Fitzgeralds', Mango's, Walters on Washington, Warehouse Live, The Meridian, and The House of Blues.

Not to mention playing both the fall and spring editions of the Westheimer Block Party Music and Arts Festival. These two festivals saw bands such as Windsor Drive, The Riff Tiffs, Devin The Dude, HEALTH, Valient Thorr, St. Vincent, Dead Prez, Japanther, The Eastern Sea, Young Mammals, and the Wild Mocassins. New Years Eve of 2010, The Handshake Opened for Warpaint and Girl in a Coma at Ground Hall in Houston Texas.

In both 2010 and 2011, The Handshake was asked to play at the Free Press Summerfest along with The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Cut Copy, Weezer, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Neon Indian, Ween, Chromeo, and many more.

Recently the band has moved to Austin and has consistently played at various venues across the city such as Emo's, Stubbs, Lamberts, The Parish, Parish Underground, Darwin's, and Gypsy Lounge.


Hands Down EP

Dead City Sound EP - Tracks from this release made their way onto Austin's independent college station 91.7 KVRX in 2009

American Arguments EP - One track from this album (Soldiers) has been streamed on local Houston radio station 90.1. Another song (The River) was featured on Vassar College's radio station in Poughkeepsie, NY in early 2011 as well as placed on local Austin label Sonora Records Summer Sampler 2011 album.

Set List

The River
I'll Take Mine
Don't Want You Near
From, Home
But it is (What it Ain't)