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RELEASE RADAR: LA's Cuffed Up releases music video for single Canaries



Formed in 2019, LA-based Cuffed Up were born out of a search for “self acceptance and self-realization”, drawing lines from across the globe to the burgeoning post-punk scene in the UK, while leaning into ‘90s indie rock and grunge, creating a loud and rhythmic rainbow of post-punk that is fluid and versatile. The band released their crushing new single 'Canaries,' a rip-roaring track about reckoning with one's shame, alongside the news that they have signed with Toronto-based record label Royal Mountain Records, home to Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ and more. Pairing up with producer Brad Wood (Touché Amoré, Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair), With co-vocalists and guitarists Ralph Torrefranca and Sapphire Jewell (who played guitar with Illuminati Hotties on tour pre-COVID) trading back and forth vocals as Sapph’s guitar jerks and fizzes all over the track, and the rhythm section threatens to blow subwoofers at any minute."Canaries" is soaring yet direct, a visceral statement of intent from the band that expands on their refreshing self-titled debut.

The band explains that "'Canaries' is about going down a path that you know is wrong but you keep going because some form of shame is driving you. You’ve put warnings in place, but ignore them when they alert you of danger. Sometimes we become numb to the burdens we carry - “carrying the weight of stones/with pins to his bones” - like the sensation of needles when you cut off circulation. Eventually, we need to come to the realization that “truth is heavier than lies”, that it’s easier to roll over than fight your way out. In order to dig yourself out, you need to be vulnerable with yourself or else you’re just blindly accepting fate as is."

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Genre: 90's indie rock, grunge, and post-punk

Sound: Propulsive Post-punk-leaning Indie rock, designed to be listened to a little too loud while you’re driving a little too fast.


Cuffed Up will be embarking on a full US tour as main support for The Joy Formidable, beginning in Seattle on 11/26 and making stops in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia along the way and ending in Burlingon on 12/18. Full routing below.

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