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The Cuffs


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We put together the Cuffs towards the end of the summer of 1996. Cook, Jared and JC were about to start senior year of high school and Mike would be a junior. Throughout the summer, we were playing a top lanes 1 & 2 at Westbrook Bowling Center in Brooklawn, NJ every Monday night during laser-bowl. After a while, we brought in bands to play with us on the lanes such as the Boils, Ska Blazers, and the Doublecross. We began making our connections and started getting on some decent local shows.

Our first release was the “Get Out of My Way” 7” which we put out ourselves in November of that year. During this time, we were fortunate enough to live within 15 minutes of the ever-remembered Stalag 13 in West Philadelphia. The Cuffs put on together at least a show a month at the time, and began introducing several bands that were not likely/not allowed to play Stalag 13 including the Wretched Ones, the Casualties, Limecell, Anti-Trust, etc.

Throughout 1997, we were booking shows less, and being asked to play shows more often in areas farther and farther away such as Chameleon Club in Lancaster/York, PA area, the Pipeline in North Jersey, and ABC No Rio and Coney Island High in NYC. A demo tape we recorded at the time sparked an interest in an A&R rep from the well known NYC Record Label, Radical Records featuring bands such as Blanks 77, Inspecter 7, and the popular “Oi! Skampilation” series. By the end of 1997, the Cuffs were asked to put out a 7” on Headache Records, and “Death by The Bottle” was released in early ‘98.

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