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Cuffed Up Share New Single “Canaries” & Sign To Royal Mountain Records

July 13, 2021
Noah Kentis

Cuffed Up Share New Single “Canaries”

Sign To Royal Mountain Records

Supporting The Joy Formidable on full US tour

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. Now, the band are sharing their crushing and vital 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.

The band explains that ““Canaries'” is about going down a path that you know is wrong, yet you keep going because some form of shame is driving you. Sometimes, we become numb to the burdens we carry. “Carrying the weight of stones/with pins to his bones” reflects that and the need to be vulnerable with yourself and not accept fate as is.”

The tone is key for Cuffed Up, their fierce energy oozes from the bolting dramatic rhythms and the daring tone of this creation. “Canaries” delivers this punchy and angular ensemble, the outfit craft this heavy and invasive landscape filled with this crushing wall of feedback, intense highs, and startling lows. The dual vocal attributes fuel the intensity whilst offering this dynamic range. With expressive tweaks and damning drum beats, this composition has it all. Utterly almighty. This vigorous creation will leave you in awe every time you immerse yourself into its hard-hitting aura.

Pairing 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 KEXPNMEDIYBandcamp, and The Line Of Best Fit, as well as radio play on BBC 6Music and BBCRadio 1 and a supporting run with Silversun Pickups.

With support already from KCRW in Los Angeles and Double J in Australia, “Canaries” sees Cuffed Up 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 Burlington on 12/18. Full routing below with tickets on sale on 07/16.

“Canaries” is out now on Royal Mountain Records. It is available here.

Tour Dates
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


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