The band was originally called Shaky Hands, but was forced to change to avoid legal action from another band with the similar name The Shaky Hands, from Portland, Oregon. Cut Off Your Hands has since been interviewed about the name change on New Zealand’s national television channel TV3. The band formed in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2006, comprising lead vocalist Nick Johnston, guitarist and backing vocalist Michael Ramirez, bassist and backing vocalist Phil Hadfield and drummer, backing vocalist Brent Harris. Cut Off Your Hands experienced success after the release of their EP Cut Off Your Hands, by Speak ‘n’ Spell Records in New Zealand and Australia, during July 2006. In April 2007 the band recorded a new EP, released in Australia and New Zealand in June of the same year. Titled Blue on Blue, the recording comprised four tracks and was produced in London by Bernard Butler of Suede fame. Butler has played and worked with artists such as The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers and The Verve. The band released their original Shaky Hands EP in October 2007 through LA indie label IAMSOUND Records..