Chloe F. Orwell still has the first car she purchased without any parental help, and at last, the cassette deck inside her Honda Civic will be playing a new release.
The Handcuffs, led by singer-guitarist Orwell and drummer Brad Elvis, will issue the compilation All the Way From Chicago as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day, which takes place Oct. 17 across North America.
Orwell and Elvis say they first heard about Cassette Store Day (now in its third year) when they were contacted in September by the Semi-Pro label in East Nashville, Tennessee, about the possibility of participating.
“[We were told], ‘We need everything in two weeks,’ ” recalls Orwell. “So we thought, ‘Well, we’ll have to put a best-of out.’ ”
All the Way From Chicago features 10 songs: three from each of The Handcuffs’ studio albums (2006’s Model for a Revolution, 2008’s Electroluv and 2011’s Waiting for the Robot), plus one cover tune that’s a longtime favorite of garage-glam band.
“One of the most beloved songs we do is the Mott the Hoople song ‘All the Way From Memphis,’ ” Orwell says. “We pretty much had that done for our [upcoming] fourth album, so we decided to stick that song on the cassette as a bonus track. It actually seemed real appropriate for Cassette Store Day.”
Elvis and Orwell are not the least bit concerned about whether any career-advancing benefits come along with releasing something in conjunction with Cassette Store Day.
“We’re at the point where we just do [a project] if it’s pleasurable to us,” Orwell says. “We care about putting out good music, and if it’s fun and we like it, we’re going to do it.
“Besides,” she adds, “I have a cassette deck in my car, so what’s not to like [about this]?”
— By Chris M. Junior