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No Name No Color

Middle Class Rut

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Album Review

The Sacramento-based duo of guitarist Zack Lopez and drummer Sean Stockham dubbed Middle Class Rut uses the same spare instrumentation as the White Stripes, and for the most part, the two also ape that band's approach, turning out hard rock stompers on their full-length debut, No Name No Color. The big difference lies in the vocals, which resemble Perry Farrell much more than Jack White, possibly as much a function of the echo and filtering effects applied to them as of the actual timbre. Like the White Stripes, Middle Class Rut often harks back to the sound of Led Zeppelin, notably on the "Kashmir"-like "I Guess You Could Say." The lyrics detail a variety of complaints, many of them directed at a significant other, but also sometimes at the world in general. "What I get ain't half of what I give," the singer complains in the lead-off track, "Busy Bein' Born," adding, "give it back or I'll take it." So far, Middle Class Rut doesn't seem likely to assume the mantle of the White Stripes, though the chart success of "New Low" suggests commercial potential.

Biography

Formed: 2006 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in Sacramento, California in 2006, indie rock outfit Middle Class Rut are a passionate and urgent duo featuring vocalist/guitarist Zack Lopez and vocalist/drummer Sean Stockham. Lopez and Stockham had previously played together in the Dreamworks-signed Leisure, which split in 2003. A national tour in 2007 drew some attention and the band's single, "New Low," began receiving local radio airplay. In 2008, Lopez and Stockham signed to the Bright Antenna label...
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