Middle Class Rut @ Tut’s 01-02-09

February 9, 2009

King Tut’s, Glasgow, February 1 * * * *

If you’re part of a rock duo there’s nowhere to hide when you hit the stage. If you’re the support band too you really have to grab the crowd by the scruff of the neck from the get go. Sacramento twosome Middle Class Rut did just that as they roared into action with a visceral slab of guitar and drum-fuelled noise, their opening untitled salvo guaranteeing a busy Tut’s crowd were focused on the stage and nowhere else.
It’s testament to an unerring self-belief and their obvious passion for playing that even when the music, and in particular guitarist Zack Lopez’s vocals, proved distinctly sub-par the energy of the performance saw them through.
Saying that, there was no faulting New Low. With drummer Sean Stockham’s more pronounced vocals and the use of a background sample lending a real ethereal feel, it provided the duo with their most melodic and instantly accessible moment.
Final number, debut single Busy Bein’ Born, again showed MCR’s more tuneful and less brutal side. Lopez’s Perry Farrell-esque delivery coupled with Stockham’s explosive drumming made sure the two-piece went out on a frenetic high.


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