Middle Class Rut - Middle Class Rut EP
Record Label: Unsigned
Release Date: May 27, 2008
Precedence shows that rock bands have been trios, quartets, quintets, and larger in the past, but there are very few power rock bands that have managed it as a duo. The Sacramento based team of singer/guitarist Zack Lopez and drummer/backup vocalist Sean Stockham have done just that as Middle Class Rut. These guys have the raging sonic typhoons of Dave Navarro’s The Panic Channel and the jagged hooks of Perry Farrell’s Porno for Pyros. The duo’s self-titled EP goes across the board stretching as far back as alternative rock’s charbroiled guitar burns and manacled vocals reminiscent of Alice in Chains, and moving ahead into modern punk-folk blends that take the punk format into fairly unexplored territory. Middle Class Rut give it their all in this EP, and have their pick-ups amped up so high that the tracks sound like they are stacked in guitars.
The supercharged delivery of “All Walks of Life” can break through sound barriers, and the whirling punk-rock shimmies in the chord phrasing of “Let It Go” are mosh-pit worthy. The sunken grooves of “Busy Bein’ Born” are attached by cornrows of rivets that move at ramming speeds, while the bobbing rhythms of “New Low” roll along at a walking pace as the vocals move to a funky beating pivot. The howling guitar effects in “Dead Set” have a garage-rock grilling, but shift into a dance-rock pulse with “25 Years” and a punk-folk blend with “So Long.” The track “I Don’t Really Know” retracts to fragmented movements and alternative-rock vibrations liken to Perry Farrell’s other band, Jane’s Addiction.
Middle Class Rut is noise rock with a melodic coating. It’s a tremendous feat that the duo can pull off a huge sound with just a guitar and drum kit. Written, recorded and produced by Middle Class Rut, their self-titled EP shows that Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham make a massive sound when you put them in a room together.