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The Handshake Murders

From: Fort Smith, AR, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest The Handshake Murders News

Below is our complete The Handshake Murders news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

The Handshake Murders Calls It A Day

Arkansas based act The Handshake Murders has checked in with the following announcement about officially calling it quits:

"Sorry to say that we have broken up. Thank you to everyone who supported us in any way over the ten plus years of our existence. Thank you again. Our guitar player Brandon (in our latest line-up) went on to start a new band called Bloodworm. Check out Reverbnation or Facebook, which lies in the same vein as this band."

You can also still listen to music from The Handshake Murders by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.

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The Handshake Murders Posts New Music Online

The Handshake Murders has issued the following update regarding the new songs posted online:

"As you may know, we have been working on a new record for some time now. After completing a few demo's back in January, we decided we needed to tune everyone in, to the new Handshake Murders. We posted 'MACHINATION' which will be up for a few days. "

"If you dig that: Sign-up for our mailing list and you can hear ANOTHER NEW SONG, entitled "SHE", over at our reverbNation website."

Listen to "MACHINATION" on their MySpace page.

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The Handshake Murders Posts Studio Footage Online

Arkansas metal band The Handshake Murders has recently completed recording 3 new songs for demo/pre-production purposes. They have posted a video documenting vocal tracking, percussion, and mixing below:

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The Handshake Murders Issues Video Update

The Handshake Murders have posted a video update on their MySpace page, which can also be seen below. They are currently in the middle of pre-production for the follow up to their 2007 Goodfellow Records debut "Usurper."

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Rosetta, The Handshake Murders Booking Tour

Rosetta and The Handshake Murders are mapping out a late-May tour in the Northeast. If you can help with any of the following dates, send a message to them via their MySpace page.

Here's the tour's routing so far:

5/22 Baltimore PA
5/23 Lancaster PA
5/24 Cleveland/Parama Heights/Akron OH
5/25 Pittsburgh PA
5/26 Doylestown PA
5/28 Philadelphia PA
5/29 New York City NY
5/30 Boston/Portland ME/Burlington VT
5/31 Syracuse NY

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The Handshake Murders Cancel Tour Dates

The Handshake Murders has cancelled a handful of upcoming tour dates as a result of financial difficulties, among other things. Here's a statement from guitarist Bryan Evans:

"We've never done this within our entire touring career, but the unthinkable must take place. We are having to cancel our upcoming tour with With Blood Comes Cleansing and A Plea For Purging as well as our Texas dates with A Plea For Purging. The reasons just kept piling up on us within the past two weeks. Here are some of the reasons I can actually go into:

"1. We're low on merch and have too many standing debts to merch companies - nothing outrageous, but we're definitely not in the financial stance to let it keep piling on. We are out of several sizes of designs and basically we cannot reorder.

"2. The band is in quite a large financial slump due to credit card debt and minimum payments stacking. This is from getting the band off the ground in the past, merch orders, CD pressing, etc. If you're in a band, you know about this.

"3. We're working on relationships within the band. it's amazing what nonstop touring can do to 5 friends.

"4. We were promised by tour management that we'd receive at least a certain said amount each night, and this promise was broken when we received the profit breakdown. we would've been completely stoked about doing the tour anyway if it weren't for the first two reasons I just stated about our debts. I will add, though, that the tour management tried to resolve this problem.

"5. My guitar head is in the shop for repairs and could not get fixed in time.

"6. Jeff no longer has a bass head. having to borrow shit every night isn't cool.

"7. There are other personal issues I don't feel at liberty to discuss.

"My biggest and sincerest apologies go out to everyone who planned on seeing us especially... all the fans we could've possibly made on this tour, all the promoters involved (especially you folks in Texas who were willing to throw something together last minute), and most importantly our apologies go to our friends in With Blood Comes Cleansing and A Plea For Purging for bailing out last minute. This is unprofessional, I do know.

"In the meantime, we will be trying to do some extensive songwriting for what will hopefully turn into a new record eventually. We're all stoked about writing, we've all got some different ideas. Hopefully we can tour out with some new songs by April, this is what we're aiming for."

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The Banner, Emmure, The Handshake Murders Tour

The Banner, Emmure, and The Handshake Murders will be on the road together this month. Here are the tour dates:

7/9 Levittown, NY @ Vintage Lounge
7/10 Valatie, NY @ American Legion Post 47
7/11 Rochester, NY @ Water Street
7/12 Cincinnati, OH @ The Poison Room
7/13 Columbus, OH @ High Five
7/14 Jefferson, WI @ Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Rock Fest)
7/15 Jackson, MI @ The Rocket
7/16 Anderson, IN @ Anderson Armory
7/19 Nashville, TN @ The Muse
7/20 Kernersville, NC @ Creation Skatepark
7/21 Wilmington, NC @ Lucky's Pub
7/22 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
7/23 Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
7/24 Poughkeepsie, NY @ Club Crannel
7/25 Manchester, NH @ American Legion Post 79
7/27 Lexington, KY @ Alondras
7/28 Roseville, MI @ Myspace Internet
7/29 Westland, MI @ VFW Post 6896 (Gorefest)

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Updated Gaza Tour Dates w/ The Handshake Murders

Gaza has confirmed a series of summer tours with Destroyer Destroyer, The Handshake Murders, Genghis Tron and label mates Ed Gein. The band will be hitting the road in June and touring through late July. You can also catch Gaza at this year's Dude Fest on July 28th and at GoreFest on July 29th.

Gaza tour with Destroyer Destroyer and The Handshake Murders:

6/03 San Diego, CA Soma
6/05 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
6/06 Santa Cruz, CA 418 Project
6/07 Portland, OR Satyricon
6/08 Redding, CA The Plaza
6/10 Ogden, UT The Country Club Theatre
6/12 Denver, CO Sox Place
6/13 Wichita, KS Eagles Lodge
6/15 Morgantown, WV Flipside
6/16 Virginia Beach, VA Club Relevant
6/17 Philadelphia, PA Italian American Social Club
6/20 New London, CT El N Gee
6/21 Gettysburg, VA Emmaus
6/24 Mt. Clemens, MI Hayloft Liquor Stand
6/25 Grand Rapids, MI Skelletones
6/28 St. Louis, MO Creepy Crawl
6/29 Little Rock, AR Vino's
6/30 Fayetteville, AR Fayetteville Music Hall

7/28 Indianapolis, IN The Harrison Center Dude Fest
7/29 Westland, MI VFW Post 6896 GoreFest

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Gaza, The Handshake Murders Tour Dates

Gaza, The Handshake Murders, and Destroyer Destroyer will be touring together in June. The following tour dates have been confirmed so far:

5/31 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
6/1 El Paso, TX @ House of Rock and Roll
6/2 Phoenix, AZ @ The One Place
6/3 San Diego, CA @ Soma Side Stage
6/5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
6/6 Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project
6/7 Portland, OR @ Satyricon
6/8 Redding, CA @ The Plaza
6/10 Ogden, UT @ The Country Club Theatre
6/12 Denver, CO @ Sox Place
6/13 Wichita, KS @ Eagles Lodge
6/15 Morgantown, WV @ Flipside
6/16 Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Italian American Social Club
6/19 Wilmore, KY @ Ichthus Farm
6/20 New London, CT @ El N Gee
6/28 St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
6/29 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's

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Year Of Desolation Plan Extensive Summer Tour

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION will be touring throughout the summer on a handful of different packages. Starting in May with The Handshake Murders, the band will continue on in June alongside a rotating line-up with The Destro, Unholy, Apiary and Iscariot on the Lambgoat-sponsored First Post Tour. YEAR OF DESOLATION will continue on the tour through June 28, before departing to continue touring throughout July and into August, this time with Threat Signal and Bloodjinn.

YEAR OF DESOLATION continues touring in support of its Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation,' which has been praised by critics as a welcome addition to the thrash and melodic death metal scene, which saw a January release. Produced by Jamie King (Through The Eyes of the Dead, Glass Casket), 'Year of Desolation' features in-depth design from renowned artist Paul Romano. Samples from the record can be heard on the YEAR OF DESOLATION MySpace site.

Here are the latest YEAR OF DESOLATION tour dates: More...

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Norma Jean, The Chariot, ALOL Tour Dates

Norma Jean have announced dates for a tour with The Chariot, A Life Once Lost and The Handshake Murders. The tour dates are as follows:

March 17th in Homewood, AL @ Homewood Armory
March 18th in New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
March 19th in Corpus Christi, TX @ House Of Rock
March 21st in Dallas, TX @ The Door
March 22nd in Tulsa, OK @ The Other Side
March 23rd in Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
March 24th in El Paso, TX @ Chics
March 25th in Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
March 28th in Orangevale, CA @ Club Retro
March 30th in Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
March 31st in Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
April 1st in Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
April 2nd in Springfield, MO @ Remington's Niteclub
April 4th in Louisville, KY @ Headliners
April 6th in Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
April 7th in Toledo, OH @ Headliners
April 9th in Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
April 10th in New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
April 11th in Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
April 12th in Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
April 14th in Charleston, SC @ Music Farm

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The $2 Brawler Tour Details and Tour Dates

BURN IN SILENCE, LIGEIA, THE HANDSHAKE MURDERS, and APIARY are taking part in the $2 Brawler Tour. The press release reads:

"Remember the days when a band played in your town for spare change? Back when just enough cash to buy gas and food was all they wanted in return for a killer show with the mere love of the music fueling the room? Now, Monster Energy Drink and 4 hardworking, dedicated metal bands are bringing those days back!"

"Starting on February 9th in Dover, New Hampshire, LIGEIA, BURN IN SILENCE, THE HANDSHAKE MURDERS and APIARY are returning their appreciation to the loyal music lovers by asking next to nothing for a night of high-octane metal and good music-loving company. A mere $2.00 at the door gets you over 4 hours of brutal, intense, street aggressive metal, without burning a hole in your wallet."

"Finally. A tour with the music and the fans in mind, not the money!"

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The Gentleman Homicide Plan US Tour

Blood and Ink Records' the Gentleman Homicide have mapped out their upcoming tour alongside the Handshake Murders. Here are the tour dates for their one month stint on the road:

November 28 Winfield, KS The Elks Lodge w/ The Handshake Murders, AngelsAmongUs
November 29 Emporia, KS My Place Too w/ The Handshake Murders, AngelsAmongUs
November 30 Wichita, KS N. Eagles Lodge w/ The Handshake Murders, AngelsAmongUs
December 01 Oklahoma City, OK The Glassnost w/ The Handshake Murders, Destroyer Destroyer
December 02 Claremore, OK The Mustard Tree w/ The Handshake Murders, Destroyer Destroyer
December 03 Fayetteville, AR The Music Hall w/ The Handshake Murders
December 04 Lawrence, KS The Jackpot Music Hall w/ The Handshake Murders, The Cast Pattern
December 05 Kansas City, MO Mainstreet Cafe w/ The Handshake Murders
December 06 Macomb, IL Eddies House w/ The Handshake Murders
December 09 Norfolk, NE Norfolk Senior Citizens Center w/ The Handshake Murders
December 10 Rapid City, SD The Venue8 w/ The Handshake Murders
December 12 Pueblo, CO Phil's Radiator w/ The Handshake Murders
December 16 Midland, TX Chics w/ The Handshake Murders
December 20 Dallas, TX The Door Dallas w/ The Handshake Murders
December 21 Lubbock, TX The Way
December 22 Amarillo, TX Pigeon Hole

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The Handshake Murders Sign With Goodfellow Records

Goodfellow Records has officially signed Arkansas metal/hardcore outfit The Handshake Murders to a three album deal. Formed in 2000, the band has put out four releases including an album with Southern Death Records last year. You can download two songs from the effort here. The Handshake Murders are currently writing their Goodfellow debut.

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Apiary, The Handshake Murders, Dryline Tour Dates

Apiary, The Handshake Murders, and Dryline will be touring the Southeast beginning later this month. Here are the tour dates:

3/29 Austin, TX @ The Ritz
3/30 Texas @ TBA
3/31 Monroe, LA @ Fluer De Live
4/1 MS/AL @ TBA
4/2 Gulf Shores, AL @ Adult Activity Center
4/3 Tallahasee, FL @ the Inn Between
4/4 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
4/5 Atlanta, GA @ Swayzes
4/6 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
4/7 Summerville, SC @ Summerville American Legion
4/8 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Warehouse
4/9 Danville, VA @ Plan B
4/10 West Virginia @ TBA
4/11 Johnson City, TN @ Heather's Hideaway
4/12 Kentucky @ TBA
4/13 Tennessee @ TBA
4/14 Memphis, TN @ TBA
4/15 Arkansas @ TBA

If you can help with any open dates, send an email to holycitybookings@yahoo.com.

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The Handshake Murders and Widow Song Touring

The Handshake Murders and Widow Song will be out on the road together starting this week. Here is the complete schedule:

12/12 Shreveport, LA @ Lil' Joe's
12/13 Tyler, TX @ Duke's House
12/14 Wichita Falls, TX @ The Brickhouse
12/15 Austin, TX @ Snake Eyes Vinyl (afternoon)
12/15 Austin, TX @ Lamar Pedestrian Bridge (night)
12/16 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Darkroom
12/17 Ft. Walton Beach, FL @ Winterfest
12/18 Charlotte, NC @ The Shogun Hideout
12/19 Nashville, TN @ The Springwater Club
12/20 Ft. Smith, AR @ Hesher's
12/21 Tulsa, OK @ Route 66
12/22 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Onefourteen

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Still Remains Tour Dates and Headlining Tour

STILL REMAINS will be criss-crossing the country, touring non-stop from September 20th to October 31st. Playing two different tours, Still Remains will start by headlining their first tour since the release of their debut album. The band tapped Curl Up and Die as the support band and will be touring North America from September 20th in Tempe, AZ to October 6th in Spartanburg, SC. Then the band will be direct support for Norma Jean from October 8th in Memphis, TN through October 21st in St. Petersburg, FL. Afterwards the band will flip-flop tours, playing two dates and then meeting up with the other tour for two dates.

“We love to tour,” says lead singer TJ Miller. “Down and dirty in our van, getting to know our fans is the only way for this band.”

Still Remains is touring in support of their debut album, Of Love and Lunacy, which was released on May 3rd and debuted at No. 43 on Billboard’s Top New Artist chart. In addition, the album soared to No. 1 at Metal & Specialty radio, where it thrived for over two weeks. The album just recently became available in select Christian bookstores throughout the country, with the hopes to expand it to a larger level as the band continues to develop in the burgeoning Christian Metalcore movement. Still Remains, who were just nominated for a Kerrang Award for Best International Newcomer, recently finished a successful co-headlining tour with Scars of Tomorrow.

The Still Remains tour dates are as follows: More...

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More Dates For Norma Jean Tour

Additional stops have been announced for Norma Jean's run with Darkest Hour, Still Remains and The Handshake Murders, here's the latest:

October 09th Ft. Smith, AR - Bobbi Sox
October 18th Huntington, WV - Hyamp
October 19th Wilmington, NC - Soapbox Lounge
October 20th Wilmington, SC - Headliner's
October 21st Charlestown, SC - Music Farm

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Dates For Norma Jean Tour Announced

Dates have been announced for Norma Jean's run with Darkest Hour, Still Remains and The Handshake Murders, here's the schedule:

October 08th Memphis, TN - Complex
October 11th Oklahoma City, OK - Green Door
October 12th Kansas City, MO - El Torreon
October 13th Omaha, NE - Sokol Hall
October 14th Iowa City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
October 15th Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
October 16th Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
October 17th Huntington, WV - Hyamp

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