Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Ruralists throw down musical diatribes full of passion on "Right!?"

The Ruralists hail from Sioux Center, Iowa and spout out powerful American or as they like to say "Midwest Americana" musical diatribes full of passion. All you have to do is listen to the stirring track Right !? which not only full of classic folk musings but blends in elements of art pop, rock, with tightly wound musical breaks. All the while singer Luke Hawley (guitar, vox) and the boys Laremy De Vries (electric guitar), Titus Landegent (drums) and Jake Miller (bass) never lose sight of their core aesthetic which, to me. screams down to earths reflections of truth. 

Right!? is from EP2, the bands third release, recorded Live in a 100 year old barn on a sunny October afternoon.

Robb Donker


We all end up where we end up. And if we're lucky, we find some people to play music with.
The Ruralists are a band born out of necessity, out of picking the best available options in a small town. Nine times out of ten that's pretty bad, the fodder for a short-lived bar band. But this is different.
Luke's songs are different, bringing in the urgency of life lived and yearned for.
The rhythm sections is different. Interpreting and living into not just the beats, but the meaning.
And then all those guitars, telling the story thrice.
Toss in a pipe organ, some random brass, and an occasional electro beat and, well, it's The Ruralists. Everything you didn't know you needed.
Luke Hawley: guitar/vocals
Laremy De Vries: electric guitar
Jake Miller: bass
Titus Landagent: drums

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