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Ruts DC - 'Must Destroy Music

by ChristopherNosnibor
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on 04 November 2016 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Westworld Recordings
Rating 8/10

Fucking YES! It’s a new Ruts DC album. Henry Rollins is likely as excited as anyone by this, being one of their biggest fans and also featuring on the title track. One of the definitive original punk bands have been killing it live over the last few years, and have shown they’re not merely trading on nostalgia. What always set The Ruts apart from their peers was their incorporation of dub reggae in their sound – that and the sheer quality of their music. This was a band who were really saying something, not only back in the day but who remained relevant with the post-punk Animal Now (1981) and in their all-out dub excursions of the two Rhythm Collision albums (incredibly, over 30 years apart). Music Must Destroy sees them return to their roots, with a more guitar-orientated, punky sound. Music Must Destroy kicks off with the fiery single cut ‘Psychic Attack’ and it proves to be a statement of intent, paving the way for an album of articulate, driving punk, bursting with keenly-observed socio-political commentary. The gentler ‘Soft City Lights’ revisits the new wave phase, and boasts an expansive sound and anthemic mid-tempo chorus. It’s a strong album on every level: varied in pace and style, it balances attack with accessibility, and there are plenty of hooks. Simultaneously vintage and contemporary, it’s a fine and welcome addition to The Ruts catalogue.

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