Based in Leeds, Just Handshakes (We’re British) formed on a dingy industrial estate in the autumn of 2007, bonding over a shared love of gin and Swedish pop. After recording their initial songs, the band were soon chosen as Steve Lamacq’s unsigned feature of the week and received instant radio airplay on BBC 6 Music, and various other DJs were captivated by their timeless indie-pop. It’s a style that weaves elements of The Shout Out Louds, Sky Larkin and Cat Power into a lusciously fragile sound, decorated with dreamy keyboards and tumbling drums, and guitar and bass which hint to afro-beat and 80's Rough Trade Indie in equal parts. Their D-I-Y rise to prominence has seen them sharing the stage with bands such as The XX, Hjaltalin, Blue Roses, Grammatics and The Kabeedies, and being touted as ‘UK indie pop at its best’ by Rough Trade. With numerous self-released 7”s under their belts, JHWB will release their debut EP proper nationwide in mid 2010.
'Officially one of the best UK indie pop bands around.' - Rough Trade
'Packed with just crisp choruses and sweetly decorated lyrics, Just Handshakes (We’re British) should get to doing some of that, flying off the ‘unsigned’ shelf and into venues near you soon.' - This Is Fake DIY
'A very promising selection of tracks' - Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
'Somewhere between Young Marble Giants, Vampire Weekend & fellow West Yorkshire scamps Sky Larkin. A truly lovely tune. Just clean, timeless, sensitive indie pop with no frills, just pure & natural!' - Norman Records
‘This could easily have been released on a major thanks to some super female vocals, instrumentation and catchyness. Very recommended!’ - Jumbo Records
'Just Handshakes (We're British) appear to have it all: a great name (kudos for those brackets), some fantastic pop songs (think a less angular Sky Larkin) and a lovely approach to packaging their CDs - it pained me to untie the bow it came wrapped in.' - Vibrations Magazine
'This is UK indie pop at it’s best.' - Rough Trade