Now Hear This: Middle Class Rut Makes an Impact

Middle Class Rut’s 2009 debut album was a flat-out monstrous record — like being hit in the side of the head with a brick.

Like the Black Keys or the White Stripes, it remains astonishing the amount of music — to say nothing of raw energy — that can come from two people, in this case Sacramento’s Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham, and just a few basic instruments.

MC Rut’s latest album, Pick Up Your Head, offers more of the same fire and ferocity, with the usual swirling melodics rounding it all out. All in all, it’s powerful stuff.

Here’s Dead Eye.

Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.