Ruts DC - Electracoustic

Sat Jul 20 2024

8:00 PM

The Georgian Theatre

Green Dragon Yard Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1AT

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Here we go again. That one. The one that says acoustic guitars go against punk.

The Evidence: Item A: Woody Guthrie’s Gibson L-00. Exact age unknown. Instrument body hand painted with the words “THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS”

Because sometimes it feels right to strip back, to pare down and to scrape off all that is surplus.

Because sometimes it feels important to reveal the bones and the purpose.

This, of course, does not diminish the significance of the other records. The ones which glow with studio radiation. The full, the deep and the burnt dub low end offerings.

No your honour.

Some people won’t let it go.

The Evidence: Item B: Johnny Cash’s Martin D-35 as played in St Quentin Penitentiary. Tell the lifers and the knifers banging metal cups that the music has gone soft. Ruts DC was, is, and always will be, a belief system where urgency, necessity, purity and primal energy are solemn commitments.

And that as long as what comes out of the speakers has power, attack, groove and prowess the instruments used in it’s making isn’t, really, that important. What you hear on this record is what was played, and captured, in the studio. Simple as that. No indulgent studio refinement. No afterthought solos fileshared across timezones and seamlessly digitally grafted in by a software technician who never heard of Link Wray, Big Star or The Modern Lovers.

But do not mistake the primitive for the sloppy. No sir. Do not mistake that for one minute. The precision here is from practice. From playing. Honed instinct. The seventh sense understanding that a great band has. Forged and tempered over time. The road. The studio. Life. Death.

The Evidence: Item C: Ruts DC Electro Acoustic Volumes 1, 2 and, now, 3. What you are holding in your hand is pure, uncut, high grade Ruts DC. Another mistake not to make. Do not think it is a record to be played quietly.

Play it loud for the same reasons that it was recorded. Because it matters. Melody, ideals, rhythm and rights. The word is the weapon.

Still.

No further questions your honour.

People Unite.

Graham Erickson 2024

Ruts DC - Electracoustic

  • Ruts DC

    Ruts DC

    Punk

    FROM THE BEGINNING

    The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 at the height of the Punk revolution. They finally released their first single ‘In A Rut’ in early 1979 on the People Unite label. This 7” vinyl was much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 D.J, John Peel. From then on and over the years, the record rightly became what can be considered to be a Punk anthem.

    There were more to follow, with the singles ‘Babylons Burning’,’ Something that I Said’, ‘Jah War’ (all from the debut album ‘The Crack’) and ‘Staring at the Rude Boys’, ‘West One’ (both featured on the album ‘Grin and Bear It’). The band were quickly established as a major force in U.K music, but by 1980, The Ruts were over. The history and tragedy surrounding the band is much documented.

    THE CIRCLE

    So what is the D.C? The 3 remaining Ruts felt that they had to continue with their mission. To differentiate between incarnations, they added the initials D.C (Da.Capo) – a musical term for back to the beginning. After 2 albums – ‘Animal Now’ and later ‘Rhythm Collision Volume 1’ with legendary dub producer “Mad Professor” they parted ways to follow their own musical paths.

    And so it remained until 2007 when sad news of Paul Fox’s illness brought them back together. It was decided to do “One last gig”. With Henry Rollins taking over the lead vocals, the set of timeless classics served as both a celebration of Foxy’s unique talent but also as a belated tribute to original vocalist Malcolm Owen. The second circle was complete.

    A NEW REVOLUTION

    In 2008, Ruffy and Segs returned to “Mad Professors” studio to start a new project - it became ‘Rhythm Collision Vol. 2’. Mixed by Brighton genius “Prince Fatty” – RC2 was released in 2011 and new cycle was set into motion.

    Enlisting the help of Leigh Heggarty on guitar the new Ruts DC performed in the U.K, Europe, Australia and New Zealand which in turn led to the inevitable step of writing new songs. Ruts DC took to the studio once again ,this time to record and create a brand new more “rock” based album. “Music Must Destroy” was released in September 2016, and was extremely well received making No1 – Album of the Year in Vive Le Rock magazine and elsewhere being hailed as “a return to form”.

    After touring extensively through 2017/18 - playing Japan, Hong Kong in their own right, with The Stranglers in Australia/New Zealand and with Stiff Little Fingers in the U.K. Ruts DC look forward to working with their new management and agent on an extensive tour in 2019 whilst continuing to perform at this summers festivals.

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Ruts DC - Electracoustic

Sat Jul 20 2024 8:00 PM

The Georgian Theatre Stockton-on-Tees
Ruts DC - Electracoustic

£20 ADV All Ages

Here we go again. That one. The one that says acoustic guitars go against punk.

The Evidence: Item A: Woody Guthrie’s Gibson L-00. Exact age unknown. Instrument body hand painted with the words “THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS”

Because sometimes it feels right to strip back, to pare down and to scrape off all that is surplus.

Because sometimes it feels important to reveal the bones and the purpose.

This, of course, does not diminish the significance of the other records. The ones which glow with studio radiation. The full, the deep and the burnt dub low end offerings.

No your honour.

Some people won’t let it go.

The Evidence: Item B: Johnny Cash’s Martin D-35 as played in St Quentin Penitentiary. Tell the lifers and the knifers banging metal cups that the music has gone soft. Ruts DC was, is, and always will be, a belief system where urgency, necessity, purity and primal energy are solemn commitments.

And that as long as what comes out of the speakers has power, attack, groove and prowess the instruments used in it’s making isn’t, really, that important. What you hear on this record is what was played, and captured, in the studio. Simple as that. No indulgent studio refinement. No afterthought solos fileshared across timezones and seamlessly digitally grafted in by a software technician who never heard of Link Wray, Big Star or The Modern Lovers.

But do not mistake the primitive for the sloppy. No sir. Do not mistake that for one minute. The precision here is from practice. From playing. Honed instinct. The seventh sense understanding that a great band has. Forged and tempered over time. The road. The studio. Life. Death.

The Evidence: Item C: Ruts DC Electro Acoustic Volumes 1, 2 and, now, 3. What you are holding in your hand is pure, uncut, high grade Ruts DC. Another mistake not to make. Do not think it is a record to be played quietly.

Play it loud for the same reasons that it was recorded. Because it matters. Melody, ideals, rhythm and rights. The word is the weapon.

Still.

No further questions your honour.

People Unite.

Graham Erickson 2024

Ruts DC

Ruts DC

Punk

FROM THE BEGINNING

The Ruts were a reggae-influenced British punk rock band, formed in 1977 at the height of the Punk revolution. They finally released their first single ‘In A Rut’ in early 1979 on the People Unite label. This 7” vinyl was much played and highly regarded by the UK BBC Radio 1 D.J, John Peel. From then on and over the years, the record rightly became what can be considered to be a Punk anthem.

There were more to follow, with the singles ‘Babylons Burning’,’ Something that I Said’, ‘Jah War’ (all from the debut album ‘The Crack’) and ‘Staring at the Rude Boys’, ‘West One’ (both featured on the album ‘Grin and Bear It’). The band were quickly established as a major force in U.K music, but by 1980, The Ruts were over. The history and tragedy surrounding the band is much documented.

THE CIRCLE

So what is the D.C? The 3 remaining Ruts felt that they had to continue with their mission. To differentiate between incarnations, they added the initials D.C (Da.Capo) – a musical term for back to the beginning. After 2 albums – ‘Animal Now’ and later ‘Rhythm Collision Volume 1’ with legendary dub producer “Mad Professor” they parted ways to follow their own musical paths.

And so it remained until 2007 when sad news of Paul Fox’s illness brought them back together. It was decided to do “One last gig”. With Henry Rollins taking over the lead vocals, the set of timeless classics served as both a celebration of Foxy’s unique talent but also as a belated tribute to original vocalist Malcolm Owen. The second circle was complete.

A NEW REVOLUTION

In 2008, Ruffy and Segs returned to “Mad Professors” studio to start a new project - it became ‘Rhythm Collision Vol. 2’. Mixed by Brighton genius “Prince Fatty” – RC2 was released in 2011 and new cycle was set into motion.

Enlisting the help of Leigh Heggarty on guitar the new Ruts DC performed in the U.K, Europe, Australia and New Zealand which in turn led to the inevitable step of writing new songs. Ruts DC took to the studio once again ,this time to record and create a brand new more “rock” based album. “Music Must Destroy” was released in September 2016, and was extremely well received making No1 – Album of the Year in Vive Le Rock magazine and elsewhere being hailed as “a return to form”.

After touring extensively through 2017/18 - playing Japan, Hong Kong in their own right, with The Stranglers in Australia/New Zealand and with Stiff Little Fingers in the U.K. Ruts DC look forward to working with their new management and agent on an extensive tour in 2019 whilst continuing to perform at this summers festivals.

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Select Tickets

All Ages
limit 10 per person
General Admission Standing
£22.00 (£20.00 + £2.00 Fees, excluding any delivery costs)

Delivery Method

eTickets

Terms & Conditions