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Re: RUTS DC
« Reply #30 on: June 23, 2016, 12:11:03 PM »
http://www.metalnerd.net/ruts-dc-to-release-new-album-music-must-destroy-in-september-through-restricted-releaseabstract-sounds-premiere-video-for-psychic-attack/

I've already got the CD single and 7" through the original Pledge thing.
And I've just bought tickets for the album launch gig at The Underworld on 16th September.
Department S supporting I think.

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« Reply #31 on: June 23, 2016, 01:42:19 PM »
Is Vic going?

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« Reply #32 on: June 23, 2016, 02:11:06 PM »
Is Vic going?

He's always there. :)

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« Reply #33 on: June 23, 2016, 02:35:23 PM »
Glad to hear it!

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« Reply #34 on: June 24, 2016, 06:06:13 PM »

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« Reply #36 on: September 01, 2016, 07:36:17 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8gfUaR2SlI

"...Peckham...it's a surprisingly nice place..."

Must be a completely different Peckham to the one I went to work in twice last week. 'Orrible.

Looking forward to the Underworld gig in a couple of weeks though  :)
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« Reply #37 on: September 09, 2016, 02:16:12 PM »
Latest sugar-coated pop offering from Ruts DC:

http://www.theruts.co.uk/?p=1599

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« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2016, 07:34:08 PM »

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« Reply #39 on: September 14, 2016, 12:06:30 PM »
If you're near Camden on Saturday:

http://www.theruts.co.uk/?p=1613

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« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2016, 03:06:32 PM »
Ruts DC / Department S Underworld, Camden 16th September 2016

We arrived early in Camden and chatted to a few old friends for an hour or so before 'Department S' went on. Obviously some ale was involved. Lots of familiar faces/usual suspects (from Facebook and Forums mostly) who we recognised but couldn't put names to. (Except the one's I did recognise ;) )You know how it is. Then it was suddenly 7pm and the band plugged in.
The current line-up do a great job of performing the old material despite Eddie Roxy (vocals) now being the only original member left from the 1980 line-up whilst original guitarist Herbage is on an extended 'career break'.
The new album songs sound much tighter; probably because the current band wrote them together.
Bassist Pete Jones (formerly of 'Public Image Ltd', 'Cowboys International' and 'Brian Brain') is always excellent, drummer Alexander Lutes (ex-'FMB' and 'Night Nurse') keeps things tight and guitarist Phil Thompson (of 'Bug') knows his way around some cracking riffs.
So we got 'When All Is Said And All Is Done', 'On My Own Again', 'I Believe' and the excellent 'Cause' from that terrific new album. We also got a nice cover of Johnny Thunders' 'Born To Lose' (or should that have been 'Vaughn Toulouse'). Of course we got 'Is Vic There?' but in an extended reggae jam incorporating elements of The Vibrators' 'Troops Of Tomorrow'. And they ended on 'I Want'.
A very tight set. Highly enjoyable even if the sound man managed to make everything sound a bit 'muggy'. Being a Friday, and a very early start, the band had to make to with an audience made up of those who made the extra effort (or took the day off or don't work) and so had maybe 75 or 80 people in. Still, in this day and age there's a lot of bands that would be happy with that. And the crowd were enthusiastic. So that's all good. But it was VERY hot down in that basement. And it only got hotter.

Due to a 'leg' problem my wife (Xa) and our walking sticks retired to the comfy sofa chairs in the bar area where we where very pleased to realise that the mixed sound was being pumped in through the overhead speakers and the air-con was on full blast. So we sat down intending to go back in to the main area when Ruts DC came on. However, by the time they did the audience had swelled to 'sold out' proportions. It was rammed. We decided to listen to the set from comfort like a couple of old pensioners. I just popped in a few times to be confronted with a wall of heat and sound.

'Ruts DC' were magnificent. Yes, we got most of the old classics but I was really more impressed with the quality of the new material from the 'Music Must Destroy' album. This was, after all, the album launch party and it's what I personally went for. The first collection of 'rock' tracks since 'Animal Now' back in 1981. I'd heard half these new songs at various gigs over the last year or so but they had been 'formative' versions. This set was super tight. In fact, listening to the 'mixed' sound through the speakers I'd say this performance could be released as a 'live' album with very little 'tweaking'. Segs is a great and affable front man. I'n sure he used to be quieter. And his bass is majestic. Dave Ruffy's drums NEVER miss a beat. Leigh Heggarty is easily as good a guitarist as Paul Fox was and it's good that he can prove that on the new songs and not just playing the old familiar riffs on those 'Ruts' classics. Brilliant as they are.

We heard EVERY track from the new album. I couldn't hear a weak one. I'm not going to list them...buy the album. There were even some slower ballads in there that I heard people in the bar disparaging; but these were the same people who walked out every time a new song was played and only went back in for the 'old songs'. Nostalgia's great but it's 2016 not 1979. Open your EARS people. These are fantastic songs full of the same lyrical anger and protest the band has always had.

I'll state my favourites (today anyway) are 'Music Must Destroy' (released as the new single with guest vocals from Henry Rollins), 'Kill The Pain' (that Malcolm could have sung if he were around today), the funky 'Tears On Fire' (that strangely reminds me of 'Stone Roses' and....oh hell, they're all great.

Anyway, there was an 'open to all' post gig party but being old and knackered we went home and played the album again. It was a great night. One of the best gigs of the year.

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« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2016, 04:10:10 PM »
Sounds like a great gig and a great album. Mind you, I've never seen/heard a bad one from any version of The Ruts/Ruts DC!

Glad you had a good night.

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« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2016, 02:52:18 PM »
Great write-up, thanx for sharing with us!  8)
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« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2016, 03:35:59 PM »
They've also had a few more good reviews since then - should also be on their website.

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« Reply #44 on: September 18, 2016, 06:46:43 PM »
Got to the gig a bit late: 8.30!

Ordinarily at that time, I'd be expecting to wander in to a semi - empty Underworld, in time to watch the support act. To our horror though, the sign outside said that Department S were on at 6.55 and that The Ruts would finish at 8.40!! Undeterred, we headed towards the bar (as any bad news needs alcohol to ease the shock, doesn't it?!  ;)) where I spotted Ken and Za seated, for all the world, like Lord and Lady Underworld overseeing their punk kingdom!

Had a brief chat (while my escort for the evening, Mrs. Wallace, got the commiseration beers in) where Ken explained the errors of my tardiness. Anyway...

We barged down to the front as quickly as possible and managed to catch about half an hour of their set. The comedy duo of Segs and Ruffy did their act in between songs and all was good in the world. The new stuff veered between prog and punk whilst the old stuff, generally, made the new stuff sound like, well... prog rock! Ok, so not all bands want to play punk rock for ever. But, at the curtailment of one particularly so-so number, where Segs shouted out "...and that's punk rock...", Sandra tapped me on the shoulder and said "...I strongly disagree...". She had a point. Slow songs can still be punk, as we here are probably more aware of than most. But there was far more to like than to not.

Leigh's a great addition to the band as Ken touched on earlier, with barely discernible difference between him and Paul Fox in sound.

Brief but very enjoyable really, despite my scepticism around a few of the new songs...

...Even though I bumped into Steve The Fish on the way out... ;)
« Last Edit: September 18, 2016, 06:50:12 PM by slaughterboy »
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