Is it really volume three of the Ruts going Acoustic? How time flies when you’re enjoying as the saying goes and to be fair the first two volumes were bloody excellent. Punks might no like it but it seems to be in vogue and when you have the songs and the talent then why the hell not. The Ruts and Ruts DC certainly had the tunes and the talent and giving these volumes a through listen it makes perfect sense to reimagine so many great songs.

Hearing bands like Ruts DC strip it back to the very bare bones and the essence of where the songs come from makes sense and gives another flavour or way of interpreting what the songs are all about it also gives further appreciation for the originally released format of the music. Johnny Cash, Woodie Guthrie, and Johnny Thunders they all used acoustics when they felt like it so why not?

What you do have with Ruts DC is the power and the attack still captured in the DNA of the songs as well as that deep Bass groove. there’s no bullshit just bare live rock n roll stripped of any pretentions or studio fuckery. From the off ‘Vox Teardrop’ through the superb ‘Dope For Guns’ you get the clarity of a band who clearly love what they create and are precision performers who leave nothing to luck. Alongside old classics and more recent numbers, you have a brand new song in the shape of ‘Bound InBlood’ with its haunting melody and vocal delivery its sheer class and alongside the diversity of ‘Jah War’ and the punk rock of ‘Human Punk’ what you have is a solid slab of loud acoustic rock n roll. It might not be for every taste bu those who have it will get on board and love this volume and as the band says play it loud because that is how it was intended and recorded melody, ideals, rhythm and bloody great songs is all the information you need now stop procrastinating and go get a copy. remember these guitars kill fascists and the Ruts DC knows how to use them.

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Author: Dom Daley

Ruts DC head out on tour –

ELECTRacoustic Tour 2024
Tue 9th July WALTHAMSTOW Trades Hall

Wed 10th July BRIGHTON The Albert
Thur 11th July BEDFORD Esquires
Fri 12th July HUDDERSFIELD The Parish

Sat 13th July NUNEATON Queens Hall
Sun 14th July DERBY Hound Dog
Tue 16th July WORCESTER Marrs Bar
Wed 17th July BRISTOL Fleece
Thur 18th July YORK Crescent
Fri 19th July DUNFERMLINE PJ Molloys 
Sat 20th July STOCKTON Georgian Theatre 
Sun 21st July  CARLISLE Old Fire Station
Fri 26th July WORCESTER Marrs Bar  
Sat 27th July DARWEN Library Theatre