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.