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Middle Class Rut (MC Rut)

One week ago, I went to see Alice In Chains at Sound Academy, and it was the best concert I’ve been to in a long time. This was the first time I’ve seen AIC live, and it was everything I wanted it would be. Going to a live show and seeing your favourite bands / artists perform is an experience beyond anything else!

The great surprise of the night was the opening band, Middle Class Rut from Sacramento, California. MC Rut shares some similarities with Filter and Jane’s Addiction, but with a more “apocalyptic” feel in the sound, and in particular, the live performance. MC Rut is a two-piece band, drummer and guitarist – á la White Stripes – and the two members share vocal duties. What a very pleasant surprise!

The sound was loud and thundering in the live performance (though interestingly, they sound much more dry and muted in the studio). The live show was a relentless pummeling of the senses that left me with a powerful feeling not associated with a particular memory of my own, but created out of the music itself.

The kind of “apocalyptic” sound prominent in MC Rut’s music might even be the direction that new music will take. Such a description certainly seems appropriate as we move into the second decade of the 21st century, just as “grunge” was an appropriate label at the end of the 1980s, when a minimalistic form of new music emerged out of the incredibly superficial and materially-obsessed decade preceding. We just need to come up with something more marketable, and less tacky than “apocalyptic” music.

The elements in MC Rut’s music are not new, but the presentation and the song structures, at least on some level, are a real revelation. As an old quote about creative writing goes, “About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment” (Josh Billings). This is a joke, of course, but it holds true, especially for new generations. Truly, great creativity must come in the form of innovation, with good judgments made on the influence.

Check out MC Rut: http://www.mcrut.com/mcrut/

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