Snake Handshakes
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Snake Handshakes

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The best kept secret in music


"Various Quotes"

"Big things are on the way for this quintet out of Langley” – Die PopStar

“OUTSTANDING. Beautiful, heavy and tragic, all at once. Amazing this isn't on the radio yet” –, jeff_michaels from Austin, Texas

“These guys sound like they need to get picked up pretty soon.” –, - Marchfly London, Camden, United Kingdom

“Great vocals, awesome changes and great structure. rock on!!” -, junkquisslutte Oakland, New Jersey

“One of the three best songs I've heard on this site.” -, rellek Chicago, Illinois

“We need more rock like this.” -, deluxe_reverb65 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

“why are you unsigned? there is no justice.” -, arcdelta

“This is f--ing the sh-t. I dig it. Great energy and creative songwriting for guys with short attention spans like myself but enough angst to be palatable to depressed teenagers everywhere. Great performance and arrangement with killer production. You guys get both ears and the tail, fer real fer real.” -, headhead Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Honestly what are you guys doing on Garageband? Shouldn't you be on a label somewhere doing a national tour? No doubt about it, you are one of the best bands I've heard on here. I'll cut the review short and just give you extra credit.”
-, EthicalChaos Akron, Ohio

“Band sounds really tight. Vocals are killer. Drummer rocks. Guiatrs are thick and layered. … I am REALLY digging this. I'm gonna download it. You guys should have a record deal. This is great stuff..” -, adam_jones Palmyra, New Jersey

“I don't know what these guys put In their cornflakes but It must have been fame,and fortune.The best part of the song was the vocal and the guitars.Overall you guys rock.Im looking forward to hear some of your new stuff!”-, nyki Verdun Montreal, Quebec, Canada

“This is probably the best thing I've heard on garageband.” -, LYEs Poulsbo, Washington -, mostly:


2005 - Welcome to Murderville (7 song EP)
2004 - Dirty Dove (5 song EP)
2003 - Red Room Demo (5 song demo)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Originally formed under the name Ten Dollar Thompson in early 2000, Snake Handshakes began building a loyal following in Vancouver by playing shows with bands such as Dakona, Gob, and Swollen Members.

After a chance meeting with famed engineer, Mike Fraser (Glassjaw, Vex Red, Blood Brothers…) they recorded their first five song EP, Dirty Dove. Mike’s philosophy and approach to recording was a perfect match for these seasoned musicians. Achieving regular airplay on local radio, the recording received rave reviews.

Cutting their teeth on countless shows and taking top prize in numerous competitions, the five piece honed their dynamic and refined their direction. After much trials and longsuffering, what materialized were some of the best songs they had written to date.

In late 2004, they decided to change their name to Snake Handshakes to more accurately reflect their evolving sound. Fraser was around, again, to record the band’s second EP, Welcome to Murderville. The end result exceeded all expectations.

The group humbly accepts high praise, and have had tracks featured, on New Music Canada and As payment for the use of one of their songs in a locally produced motion picture, the band is currently shooting their first music video. The fivesome has also allowed Sapient Snowboards to use some of their tracks as the official soundtrack to their website.

As their fan base continues to grow, the band is setting their sites on the future. In an effort to expand their market and support the release of their latest EP, Snake Handshakes is planning a tour for early 2005.