Today, LA-based post-punk quartet CUFFED UP are sharing their driving and propulsive new single “Bonnie” as well as announcing their new EP ‘Asymmetry’, out on 22nd October via Royal Mountain Records (Alvvays, Wild Pink, METZ).


Bonnie” sees vocalists & guitarists Ralph Torrefranca and Sapphire Jewell trading vocals amidst a relentless onslaught of soaring guitars and crashing drums and bass via Joe Liptock and Victor Ordonez. The band explains that: ““Bonnie” is an anti-love anthem about the grief and pitfalls of a serious relationship crumbling due to lies and deceit. This is explored through the eyes of Bonnie (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), in an alternative universe where Clyde selfishly leaves Bonnie for dead. Bonnie is arrested and she decides to give Clyde up to the cops out of pure spite. Not because he left her in a dangerous situation — purely because of the end of their romantic, albeit toxic relationship.

With a video directed by Torrefranca (an award-winning filmmaker outside of Cuffed Up), it stars himself and Jewell in a role-reversal swapping the characters Bonnie and Clyde.

Already seeing support for the EP from outlets like SPIN, Beats Per Minute, Buzz Bands LA, KEXP, KCRW in Los Angeles and Double J in Australia, Cuffed Up are also confirmed to be supporting The Joy Formidable on a full US tour this Autumn.  

Upcoming EP ‘Asymmetry’, finds Cuffed Up pairing up with producer Brad Wood (Touché Amoré, Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair) spending a week honing the songs through experimentation with sounds and ideas. The result is a collaborative effort that tackles one’s own mortality, abandonment in relationships and reckoning with shame. It 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 Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6), Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio 1) and John Kennedy (Radio X) and a supporting run with Silversun Pickups.

Cohesive yet expansive, soaring yet direct, ‘Asymmetry’ draws lines across the globe to the burgeoning post-punk scene in the UK, while also leaning into ‘90s indie rock and grunge, a loud and rhythmic rainbow of post-punk that is fluid and versatile. Whether it’s the aforementioned “Bonnie”, Torrefranca’s brutal reckoning with his own health struggles on “Terminal”, the inventive freeform of Jewell’s guitars in “Canaries” or Ordonez and Liptock’s fidgeting and dexterous rhythms in “One By One”, ‘Asymmetry’ is a line in the sand for Cuffed Up, a declaration of intent from the young band who are poised to breakout from their West Coast home.


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