Review by Joey Stoate
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After a brief stint supporting the seminal GUN last year, Milton Keynes based two-piece Rusty G’s are preparing to unleash their debut album, Low, upon the world this May, and the band were lovely enough to send us over a copy to review. Have the duo delivered on potential found on earlier releases?
Rusty G’s – Low
1. Oh Yeah
3. Taking Over
4. I Don’t Want This
5. Don’t Belong
6. The Killer
9. So Low
10. Losing You
Wasting no time, the record hits straight away with Oh Yeah, a perfect embodiment of the band’s style and overall mission statement. With the pompous alt-rock tones oozing all over the record, fans of bands like Superheaven and Dinosaur Pile Up will feel right at home here. The riffs on display are infectious, opting for a sleazy, run down feel that totally captures the more grunge-oriented leanings of the record in tracks like Crawl, and the subtle notes of psychedelia add an extra dimension to stave off familiarity for too long.
The sound here isn’t entirely perfected, however. Whilst instrumentals are strong, vocals can seem forced and begin to grate when hitting the higher notes. The hammy, artificial impression they unfortunately put across hampers the sound of several tracks, more notably those taken from the band’s E.P. Taking Over.
To find another criticism in the album, the most obvious issue here is song structure and length. Each of these songs kicks your ass for the first two or three minutes, but when they reach the four minutes plus mark, fatigue starts to set in and I find myself skipping to the next track, especially coupled with the uniform song structures utilised throughout the release.
The band’s intricate and considered use of distorted ambience adds some much needed grime to the otherwise fairly lo-fi production, keeping proceedings from ever getting too neat and tidy, too clean. Instrumental performances here are absolutely stellar, with particular praise going to the tom-work throughout the record, accentuating the punchy, stomping elements of each track, especially the superb Static. When they’re found, solos are short, punchy and incorporated seamlessly, such as their use on songs like Crawl.
In Low, Rusty G’s have delivered on the promise given to us in the past and then some. With an album full of alt-rock delight, issues like vocals and song structures become lost in the positives. Powerful, catchy, and dripping with yet more potential, Rusty G’s deserve the mainstream attention they’re so inevitably braced to receive.
Low becomes available on 9/5/16