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, KROQ, KJEE, KCSN, KRTU, KX935, 22WEST + WFNM, their debut Double A-side "Mother/Father" + "Small Town Kid" was released this summer.
Buzzbands - “The songs burst with irascible every, the former summoning the four-on-the-floor strength to transcend one’s own insecurities and the latter will follow one’s dreams. Guitars bite, rhythms chew and lyrics get spit into a churning squall of focused emotion.”
Bandcamp - "A pair of revved-up songs from LA group Cuffed Up with the snarl of punk and the noisiness of vintage Sonic Youth."
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."
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.
Grotesqualizer - “Small Town Kid” by Cuffed Up is a dynamic narrative of aspirations burning out."
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.”