Release Date: Oct 5, 2010
Record label: Bright Antenna
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
It’s easy to understand their burgeoning popularity This debut from Sacramento duo Middle Class Rut was compiled over the course of several years, recorded as it was written in the band’s practice space. While it may have been captured through a somewhat disjointed creative process, though, there’s no sense of ‘No Name No Color’ lacking cohesion. The two-piece’s heady, atmospheric alt-rock is consistently anthemic and stadium-sized in its scope – it’s easy to understand their burgeoning popularity.
Drummer and singer/guitarist duos have seen a rise in popularity in the last decade, with The White Stripes, The Black Keys and, erm, The Ting Tings among the most prevalent in the field. From this perspective at least, Middle Class Rut may be treading old ground but that’s not to say that they can’t do so in some damn shiny shoes. No Name No Color marks the duo’s debut release, a collection of 12 songs composed and recorded over a four year period.
An impressive coherency is on display across this debut long-play set. Adam Kennedy 2010 Until this debut full-length from Middle Class Rut, the only hype that had really stuck to the Sacramento pair concerned numerical values. Specifically, were they the two-headed heroes the rock press had so longingly hoped for since pace-setting Canadian duo Death From Above 1979 acrimoniously split in 2006? Pleasingly, No Name No Color is driven by a combative mood more than fit to challenge lazy parallels.