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Handgrenades are ready to explode with new album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016

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It's hard to say if it's Handgrenades' time to explode on the music scene, but the group's members certainly wouldn't mind.

Formed Downriver with members now living around the Detroit metro area, the modern rock quintet has just released its second album, "Tunnels," adding to busy discography that not only includes its debut album but also a pair of EPs since 2011. It was produced by Zach Shipps of the Electric Six, who also helmed Handgrenades' 2014 EP, and introduces two new members -- guitarist Jesse Shepherd-Bates and keyboardist Joel Sanders.

With three lead singers and songwriters, Handgrenades plenty of firepower to harness whenever it hits the studio. The group's Andrew Pawelski tells us how it worked this time out...

Pawelski, 27, says Handgrenades' goal for "Tunnels" was simple -- "To make it better. I think we've had a steady incline over our first few (releases), which is a good sign to us. We get more creative influences and stuff like that -- Tame Impala, Radiohead. We like to take from them, but not too much. And we're getting a little older. Song some easier to us and we're all just jelling really well. When we get together it's always fun. We have a good chemistry between us."

Bringing in Shipps to produce brought a balancing force as the five members were firing on all cylinders. "We were comfortable with him and I think he sot more comfortable with us the second time around," Pawelski notes. "He's a very, very smart guy. We would be doing songs a certain way and he'd be like, 'You know, you can cut out a minute and a half of that song...'He helped us trim the fat. He'd be like, 'Hey, try it this way' or 'Try it that way,' and we'd be like, 'Wow, we didn't even think of that!' He's got a lot of really good ideas and I really want to hear his opinion on everything. We can't wait to record another one with him."

Handgrenades is also releasing "Tunnels" with a resolve to try to make an impact further afield than ever. "We've been playing Detroit for awhile now, and we've got to get to those other people who are out there," Pawelski says. "We've taken our little tiny shot at it. We'd got to Chicago or go to Canada. We had a little thing at South By Southwest, but nothing ever continuous. So we're trying to get every weekend booked until January-February, which we'll call a tour. I think people really have to see us live for us to be able to take this further, so I can't wait to get out there and play to other people, and if they like us it'll be great."


Saturday, Nov. 5. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.

Admission is $5.

Call 248-820-5596 or visit thelovingtouchferndale.com.

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