Cuffed Up was formed thru a chance encounter at Shab Ferdowsi's Sunday Brunch (Blushh) where Sapphire Jewell and Ralph Torrefranca first met, connecting about their love for the UK punk scene with bands like IDLES and Shame. A few months later, Cuffed Up was formed along with Joe Liptock and Vic Ordonez, becoming a real passion project that has turned into a full time band.
With support from KEXP, KCRW, KROQ, KJEE, KCSN, Double J, KRTU, KX935, 22WEST + WFNM, their debut Double A-side "Mother/Father" + "Small Town Kid" was released this summer. Their debut self-titled EP comes out on 2/21 via Corduroy Recordings.
Buzzbands - “Sometimes you wanna dispense with formality and just say, "This song is f*cking great." Now is one of those times. This new single from L.A.'s Cuffed Up is f*cking great."
Line of Best Fit - “French Exit” sets the table for the kind of confessional punk that Cuffed Up brings in spades
Bandcamp - "A pair of revved-up songs from LA group Cuffed Up with the snarl of punk and the noisiness of vintage Sonic Youth."
NME - "With its driving rhythm section, expansive guitar riffs and soaring vocals, the new one from Los Angeles band Cuffed Up is a hulking slice."
When The Horn Blows - "It’s a raw and punchy number that nods to all the big UK ‘punk’ bands taking the world by storm…Cuffed Up’s sound alternates between ‘happy jangly indie’ to ‘pissed off punk rock’. It’s intelligent, draws you in and keeps you wanting more."
The Revue - "Equal parts indie rock and shoegaze, “French Exit” is a slow-burning gem. It is blissful yet fierce, feeling like a sun-kissed summer day with cool breezes blowing off the ocean."
KEXP - You'd be forgiven for assuming Cuffed Up were from the UK — the Los Angeles-based quartet draw influence from the punk scene across the sea.
We Found New Music - “Small Town Kid” is like Sonic Youth on Adderall...The sound of it is more anchored in a CBGB’s era East Coast punk with Jewell’s vocals sounding like a grittier, less polished early Debbie Harry."
The Grey Estates - “So often we attempt to turn from those emotions that make us feel uncomfortable, but “Mother/Father” and “Small Town Kid” dive headfirst, inviting you to swim alongside their rapidly paced currents.”