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 have shared their new single Canaries, a scorching track about reckoning with one’s shame. They also announced that they have signed with Toronto-based record label Royal Mountain Records, home to Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ and more. You can watch the video clip for Canaries via YouTube below.
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.“
Hooking up with producer Brad Wood (Touché Amoré, Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair), Canaries is soaring yet direct, a visceral statement of intent from the band that expands on their refreshing self-titled debut that saw love from the likes of KEXP, NME, DIY, Bandcamp, and The Line Of Best Fit, as well as radio play on KCRW, BBC 6Music and BBCRadio 1 and a supporting run with Silversun Pickups.
Canaries is out now on Royal Mountain Records. It is available here.
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 list of tour dates is below.
11/26 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
11/27 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
11/29 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
11/30 – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
12/02 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
12/04 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
12/05 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
12/07 – Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
12/09 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
12/10 – A&R Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/11 – Thunderbird Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA
12/12 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
12/13 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA
12/14 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/16 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
12/17 – Empire Underground – Albany, NY
12/18 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT