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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacramento two-piece make a racket
This is the first 'new' band I've been excited about in ages. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Zack Lopez and drummer Sean Stockham, Middle Class Rut have been championed by Kerrang! magazine (among others) as 'the other MCR'... but don't let that put you off. Middle Class Rut share a sound with perpetually reforming alt-rock legends Jane's Addiction, coupled with some...
Published on 7 July 2009 by Matt Pucci

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3.0 out of 5 stars MCR vs. MOR 6/10
What is best about this EP is that only two band members produce their righteous racket. And for the most part, it is a rockin' great listen. However, what is worst is that in places their pedestrian rock is less MCR and more MOR. That they share initials with one of the world's largest cod-emo pop rockers does not help, despite being completely inconsequential...
Published on 3 Jun. 2009 by Gannon


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4.0 out of 5 stars Sacramento two-piece make a racket, 7 July 2009
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Matt Pucci "mattpucci.com" (Here, there and everywhere) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 25 Years (Audio CD)
This is the first 'new' band I've been excited about in ages. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Zack Lopez and drummer Sean Stockham, Middle Class Rut have been championed by Kerrang! magazine (among others) as 'the other MCR'... but don't let that put you off. Middle Class Rut share a sound with perpetually reforming alt-rock legends Jane's Addiction, coupled with some QOTSA-esque, robotic riffing and there's even a dash of Rage Against The Machine to the vocals in places. However, there's far more going on than a re-hashing of ideas and this EP exudes an air as fresh and invigorating as an Original Source shower. A very promising start.

Matt Pucci
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem!, 7 July 2009
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This review is from: 25 Years (Audio CD)
First heard this band whilst listening to Jo Wiley on radio 1. Thought the track she played ( Guess you could say ) was bloody brilliant. Bought this EP just so I could listen to that one track,but was blown away by how good the whole thing was! Plenty of rock guitar and heavy drums,but with a raw back to basics feel, I love it!! Just hope they release more material real soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock'n' roll, 19 Jun. 2009
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Mike Kerins (Republic of Mancunia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: 25 Years (Audio CD)
This is what rock 'n' roll is all about. This EP is a real taster for seeng the band live.The music is full of energy and they have some great lyrics. I can't wait for them to bring out an actual album. Don't wast time thinking about it - buy it now!
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3.0 out of 5 stars MCR vs. MOR 6/10, 3 Jun. 2009
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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What is best about this EP is that only two band members produce their righteous racket. And for the most part, it is a rockin' great listen. However, what is worst is that in places their pedestrian rock is less MCR and more MOR. That they share initials with one of the world's largest cod-emo pop rockers does not help, despite being completely inconsequential. Nevertheless, presumably to differentiate, their chosen shorthand is the misleading MC Rut.

25 Years is not thus a collection of vitriol spat over fractured beats, it is a collection of Jane's Addiction-loving vitriol squeezed and screamed out of chugging riffs, which at their best recall Rage Against The Machine, and at their worst, naff-era Offspring. Dashes of At The Drive In-type screamo often accompany these tracks' peaks. The title track is impressively abrasive, the self-referencing `All Walks Of Life' crashes thrillingly, as it did as the b-side to the excellent `Busy Bein' Born', which is disappointingly here absent. Lesser tracks do not compensate for this loss.

These Californians hail from Sacramento and by including some filler on this EP have prevented the use of the creative adjective `sacramental', and for this reason alone points could have been deducted. That `I Don't Really Know' questions its own inclusion, and elsewhere shrugworthy lyrics are leant on such as `I came into this world as nothing, I ain't gonna leave that way' enforces the point. Repetitive hooks borrowed from Rocket From The Crypt provide variety but are otherwise un-noteworthy. More of this and less of that in future please.
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