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SPOTIFY: August 2010 playlist!

This is our first ever Spotify monthly playlist and first Spotify playlist at all, so this is history in the making! From now on at the end of each month we’ll be creating a playlist of tracks from the month’s offering of singles, album tracks and music video offerings to give you a look back on what each month brought us!

If you’re a Spotify user check it out and let us know what you think of it:
August 2010 – Spotify playlist

This month’s playlist includes Four Year Strong, Blood Red Shoes, Bring Me The Horizon, The Qemists, The Devil Wears Prada and many others too! Enjoy!

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ALBUM: The Secret Handshake – Night & Day

Release Date: August 17th, 2010
Label: Triple Crown Records
Website: www.thesecrethandshake.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesecrethandshake

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You never want a band to pull the same ideas out a recycle bin and mix them about a bit with album after album, but in the same light too much change or too big of a change alienates old fans, not to mention may be a change that the band just can’t pull off. ‘Night & Day’ is a two-part album, one part day and the other night to be released at a later date, from one-man-band The Secret Handshake (or Luis Dubuc).

This day part of the album is a huge refurbishment from The Secret Handshake‘s norm, shifting strongly from a mediocre dose of electro-pop and light rock to what is now nothing more than motown and soul. For an artist in a fairly underground position such as The Secret Handshake it’s a very brave and risky move, and frankly it hasn’t done Luis any favours at all.

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ALBUM: The Secret Handshake – My Name Up In Lights

Release Date: April 21st, 2009
Label: Triple Crown Records
Website: www.thesecrethandshake.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesecrethandshake

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Luis Dubuc, or known to most of us as the solo electro-pop act The Secret Handshake, appeared in the alternative music scene in 2007. Although Dubuc had been making music since 2004 it was his sophomore release ‘One Full Year’ that got him noticed. The album was a revitalising change from the overcrowded emo genre, and the 90’s inspired music was a friendly blast from the past that proved to be a hit. So, of course expectations were high to see what the 24-year-old Texan would create next.

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INTERVIEW: The Secret Handshake @ Academy 2, Manchester (02/02/2008)

Date: February 2nd, 2008
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: MySpace

Website: www.thesecrethandshake.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesecrethandshake

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DEAD PRESS! arrive at the Academy venue in Manchester to interview upcoming American solo musician Luis Dubuc, in his project The Secret Handshake. After being escorted to his dressing room alongside Between The Trees and The Rocket Summer, they talk about Luis‘ influences, his plans for 2008, accordions, the perfect sandwich, and the difference between American and British Chocolate.

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ALBUM: The Secret Handshake – One Full Year

Release Date: March 24th, 2008
Label: Sixsevenine Records
Website: www.thesecrethandshake.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesecrethandshake

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Solo musicians (not including commercial driven pop acts) are growing ever popular in recent months, including the likes of The Rocket Summer, Kevin Devine, and Lightspeed Champion. With no exception to the rule is The Secret Handshake, consisting of the one member Luis Dubuc. Another prime example of this trend in the fashion of alternative music, and he’s now released his latest slice of electronica/rock fusion, ‘One Full Year’. Equipped with nothing more but a keyboard, a drum machine, and an Apple MacBook shoved into a small confined corridor in his flat, he created ‘One Full Year’, a showcase of one man’s fun and chilled musical labours.

Opening track, and also debut single release ‘Too Young’ brings a calm start to things, though still remains to have a catchy chorus and an atmosphere you can dance along to. Not a common occurrence in most lovesick songs. This isn’t the only moment of relaxed yet dance-a-long songs that the record has to offer, as shown in ‘Midnight Movie’ and ‘Pictures’, which contain properties that some would find boring, but The Secret Handshake can pull-off magnificently. ‘Coastal Cities’ is one song that sticks out a lot on the album, almost performing like a ballad, but somehow containing elements that keep us from thinking that on our first few listens. But don’t worry if this kind of stuff really isn’t your bag, there’s plenty of moments that are crafted to improve your summer experience, showcased in ‘Denton, TX’, ‘Game Girl’, and the more popular ‘Summer Of ‘98′. Simplistic electronic beats occurring on a regular basis with catchy lyrics to deliver a song that will brighten up your day, make you want to dance, and even play the song over and over again. Album closer ‘Crosses Fingers’ is something a little bit different, with every second being coated with electronic and synthetic melodies and vocal effects that leave you bedazzled and intrigued as to what it is that you were just listening to.

So, simply put, if you’re after some relaxing songs aswell as songs you can have a little party with then ‘One Full Year’ is right up your street. The Secret Handshake has presented this package filled to the brim with electronic beats, melodic hooks, the occasional buzzing guitar, wrapped with simple yet heartfelt lyrics. It may not be a total masterpiece, but definitely worth your time.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: The Secret Handshake @ Academy 2, Manchester (02/02/2008)

Date: February 2nd, 2008
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Between The Trees
Website: www.thesecrethandshake.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesecrethandshake

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The main act for tonight’s show, The Rocket Summer, sadly had to cancel their performance due to the one and only member Bryce becoming too ill to perform. However, those who are fans of support acts Between The Trees and The Secret Handshake weren’t to walk away disappointed, as they still played… and for free too.

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