Release Date: Sep 16, 2016
Record label: Restricted Release
The premature death of vocalist Malcolm Owen cut West London punks The Ruts down in their prime, yet they soldiered on as Ruts DC; issuing the underrated, post-punk-inclined Animal Now and the dub-infused, Mad Professor-helmed Rhythm Collision Vol 1 before splitting in 1983. An emotional, one-off gig at the Islington Academy for terminally ill original guitarist Paul Fox in 2007 was assumed to be their last hurrah, but it led to the creation of a new Ruts DC, with a dextrous rhythm section, Dave Ruffy and John ‘Segs’ Jennings bolstered by new guitarist Leigh Heggarty (ex-The Price/Department S). This new line-up tested the water with a second fab dub reggae set (2013’s Rhythm Collision Vol 2), but the long-awaited Music Must Destroy is Ruts DC’s first fully-fledged rock LP since Animal Now and it doesn’t disappoint.
New album from post-punk legends featuring Henry Rollins. Following the death of vocalist Malcolm Owen in 1980, The Ruts managed to recast themselves in a dub crossover vein with Rhythm Collision Vol. 1, before disbanding in 1982. Years later, having regrouped, they suffered a further bereavement with the loss of original guitarist Paul Fox.