With their roots undoubtedly deeply set in the initial mid-to-late 70s punk explosion, The Ruts, and then The Ruts DC, very quickly developed into a musical hybrid that took in so much more than the basic three-chord-1234 that dominated much of what was labelled as punk. Already accomplished musicians, they effortlessly weaved reggae, ska, dub, rock and post-punk influences into a musical catalogue that is as inspiring and powerful now as it was when it was created. After original vocalist Malcolm Owen tragically died in July 1980, The Ruts DC made two albums; the classic post-punk Animal Now and the dub reggae stylings of Rhythm Collision Vol.1, before disbanding in December 1982.
In May of 2016 The Ruts DC returned with the pile driving lead single "Psychic Attack," heralding their rebound to rock in dramatic style, with three-minutes of high-energy, adrenalized fury. And now, following two intensive years of writing and recording, The Ruts DC are finally ready to unleash their new album, Music Must Destroy upon the world. The title track "Music Must Destroy," is a healing and positive anthem which is sure to be a fist pumping classic at live shows. "Golden Boy" which is the closest thing the Ruts will ever get to a ballad is a fitting and emotional tribute to the late Malcolm Owen.
The Ruts DC have been aided and abetted on the recordings by Boz Boorer (Morrissey), Captain Sensible (The Damned), Jake Burns (SLF), Kirk Brandon (Spear of Destiny) and last but by no means least Henry Rollins.
"The Ruts are back in black – with hats...great sound, true to what so many of my old muckers are feeling these days." – Pete Townsend/The Who