“Whoever writes it, sings it.” Listen to The HandGrenades, and you’ll quickly understand.
With three contributing songwriters out of a four-man roster, The HandGrenades are a talented bunch. Brothers Andrew & Tom Pawelski, along with Nick Chevillet, take turns sharing lead and backing vocalist duties (along with lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and bass), while Joby Kaslowski provides a consistent backbeat on the drums. If you’re digging a particular tune, be sure to check out who’s singing lead vocals, and you’ll instantly uncover the song’s mastermind.
With at least 5 years of songwriting under their belts, Detroit natives Andrew Pawelski and Nick Chevillet began to look for others to join in making music. In 2007, the elder Pawelski brother, Tom, joined the duo and shortly after, they snatched up the talents of drummer, Joby Kaslowski.
This foursome quickly became known to local audiences as The HandGrenades.
Boasting a polished sound, with no shortage of catchy hooks, it’s not surprising that The HandGrenades cite The British Invasion as a primary influence. Additionally, prominent two and three-part harmonies are reminiscent of early Motown and undoubtedly contribute to the band’s rockin’ retro feel.
The HandGrenades were signed to Sound Artifacts Music in August 2009. They released their Three Cheers for the Wonder Years EP in 2011, produced by Kevin McMahon at Marcata Recording (The Walkmen, French Kicks) and the album is now available in the US and EU via digital distributors.
2012 marks the release of The HandGrenades latest full-length record, The Morning After, recorded and produced by Jim Diamond at Ghetto Recorders (The White Stripes, Electric Six). The new album is now available both in hard copy and via digital distributors.