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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BRISTOL BAND CUFFS

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start the band?

We started this out of disgust for what we see. We see people kicked to the curb for nothing other than being themselves. We see complete and utter injustices committed by a government who has no interest than to subvert vulnerable people. We had some stuff to get off our chest, and this is how we did it.

Introduce to all to the members and your musical history?

My name is Brodie (Hey!) and I sing for Cuffs. I absolutely fell in love with rock, punk, and hardcore music when I started getting into politics. Gallows “Grey Britain” and Rage Against the Machine completely changed my outlook.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

We feel honoured when getting interviewed, so we try not to be annoyed by a question, but I will say, if I get asked how the pandemic affected us as a band one more time, I’m going to throw my microphone through my kitchen window.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

I feel most conspiracies are based off evidence, right? So, there’s got to be truth to some of them, but I think elite corruption has some weight to it. Back room deals type thing. I read an incredible book not long ago called “Very Bad People”, which is essentially about how an organisation called “Global Witness” exposed corrupt practices in multi-million- and billion-dollar companies. Most people are convinced corruption is something that happens elsewhere, but likely chance is, it’s in your own backyard

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

I bought a skipping rope and a Nutri-bullet. Got on the health kick for like 2 weeks, then realised I absolutely despise smoothies.

What useless party trick do you have?

I can put a tenner between two vertical glass bottles on top of each other, and get the note out with one finger (thanks for the trick, Steve-O)

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

We’ve played so many fun gigs, it’s super hard to say when we had most fun! Any show where the crowd is having fun, and genuinely getting lost in the moment is so amazing for us too experience. We played a sold-out show at The Gryphon in Bristol not long back, and it’s such a small venue that it was just pure carnage. Front-flip stage dives, crowd on the mic. Super special show that one.

What was the worst experience on stage?

Our worst experience was probably a show we played, where for some reason, everyone just kept fucking up. Like everything was off. Can’t put our finger on what it was, but it just didn’t work. We got our shit together though. Returned to the same venue a year later and ripped It a new one. I dove into the crowd from a PA that was around (10ft), and the gorgeous fuckers caught me. Glad they did, would have died if not.



Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?

I’d say the most surprising thing is that we all try to be nice people. Especially from outside the punk scene, we can be quite intimidating at times, but honestly, have one conversation with us and I promise we’re easy to get along with. I had someone say to me once, “You don’t sound how I’d expect you to sound in real life”, because the only time that they had seen me was screaming on stage. I’m quite quiet and anxious.

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien, how would you describe it?

“It sounds angry, and it is, but only about things that should induce anger”

What makes you stand out as a band?

I don’t know if we stand out more than anyone else. But one thing I will say about our music, is we mean what we say in our songs.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

Right now, and always to be quite honest, the UK government is pissing us off. The way the UK treats people who experience injustices, whether that be people fleeing war, the LGBT+ community, assault victims, ethnic minorities, people who need urgent healthcare is disgraceful. I genuinely believe, we are one of the most parasitic, capital-driven, selfish, egotistical countries to ever exist.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

We’re toying around with some new tunes at the moment, which are super fun to play. Anything with a breakdown. Love that shit. Cash Cow being our latest release, is amazing to play.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?

Our new single Cash Cow is out now, and it’s about money. It’s about how while people suffer, the super-rich live are blissfully ignorant to the fact we have more food banks open in our country than ever. Our NHS is suffering more than ever. There’s plenty of money around, but the worst people have it.

What was the recording process like?

The recording process is always fun, but stressful. Everyone wants to get it perfect, which means we’re at each other’s throats. I don’t mind though; it just adds a flavour of genuine anger to the tunes.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

I don’t think we’d necessarily change much, but I have always wanted to feature another vocalist on one of our songs. Not sure who, but someday we hopefully will. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?

The year ahead looks fun. We’re playing burn it down festival in September, which we’ve wanted to play for a few years.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Think this is the first place we’ll announce this but fuck it, we’re releasing an album. Take that as it is, and we’ll give you the details at some point. Hopefully will be something to be proud of.

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