SEATTLE, WA...September 24, 2008...After a
successful debut in 2007 (Secondhand
Dreaming) and extensive touring with Switchfoot and Relient K (2007
"Appetite for Construction Tour with Habitat for Humanity") as well
as Emery, Ruth is proud to return with their sophomore release, Anorak, on October 28th.
Titled after the
British slang definition of an obsessive enthusiast, Anorak is a reference to a person who has an
unfathomable interest in something and feels compelled to talk at length about
it. The project was produced by acclaimed roster of Aaron Sprinkle (Copeland,
Anberlin), Chris Keene (Surrogate, Number One Gun), and Kelsey Smith. The album
was also mixed by Ken Andrews (Mae, Pete Yorn) and JR McNeely (The Almost,
"I would hope
that the music we play is something a little more timeless," band's
founder, singer/guitarist Dustin Ruth confesses. "Hopefully whomever gets
one of our albums ten years from now, they're driving somewhere, and they can
still listen to these songs and enjoy it. Our ten year goal for the band is
that no matter what, we would still be real, that we would still be who we are,
no matter how many records we sold."
at rest stops and hotels, Anorak
captures the emotions and experiences of watching dreams come true and others
fall beyond reach. Ruth's music is liberating, freeing and uplifting, while at
the same time avoiding the pitfalls of cliché and easy, safe or predictable
melodies. Anorak is
at once challenging and yet simple to understand, recalling the best of '80s
radio, '90's English pop and contemporary indie without sounding derivative of
any particular genre.
feels more like a band album," Dustin says. "We had a lot more time
to develop through a year and a half of solid touring. It made going into this
album a lot different. As a songwriter, I put a lot more time and devotion into
writing the songs that we really wanted on this album. These songs were written
more intentionally for this album."
The band will also
return to the touring sector with Decemberadio after a summer filled with
dates. Check out their MySpace for updated dates.
album & songs:
Hide" is one of Dustin's favorite songs he's written in over a decade of
making music. The song is about "wanting to love someone right and wanting
to be loved right," a universal feeling that connects instantly to the
music. "Speechless Mess" is one example of the collaborative band
efforts on Anorak
where everyone who touched the song really worked hard to give it their best.
It's less of a pop single than a deep album cut, the type of song that grows
and grows upon repeated listens. "Pure Concept" is the band's
favorite song to play live, a rocking track reminiscent of The Cars. "Dead
Giveaway" speaks to our Creator's love one sees reflected touring the
world and taking in the grandeur of nature. "That song is about traveling
and seeing obvious signs of something bigger than we are," elaborates
Ruth isn't just
the last name of the band's founder, singer / guitarist Dustin Ruth. When his
longtime collaborator Nick Wiinikka suggested they call their fledgling group
"Ruth" one night while watching a talk show on television, Dustin
gave it a lot of thought until something special came to him, arriving with
powerful force: Ruth as an acronym. 'Return Us To Him'
"We feel like
our songs are a gift. Really what it boils down to is that playing this music
keeps us closer to God. The music is returning us to who He wants us to be. And
I know I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing and I'm not willing to give
that up for anything." -Dustin Ruth shares about the band's moniker.
Hailing from Battle
Ground, Washington the band is comprised of Dustin Ruth (Vocals + Guitar),
Brett Van Liew (Bass), Ryan Peterson (Drums) and Nicholas Winnikka (Guitar).
Seattle, WA...May 20, 2008...Being humbled through life's experiences, the Florida natives, who call themselves Since October, prepare to release their national label debut on Tooth&Nail Records in one week. Their musical unveiling, This is My Heart, releases May 27th, following the successful debut digital single, "Disaster," which is currently charting on the rock chart.
Produced by Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Pillar, Disciple), This is My Heart is an honest and vulnerable musical portrait Since October hopes that listeners grab hold from the collection of heavy rock songs with no hidden agenda beyond connecting the hearts of those that listen. In addition, Marcos Curiel, guitarist of P.O.D. co-produced and co-wrote two tracks on the debut.
"I was really excited that Since October asked me to be involved in their record," shares Marcos Curiel. "We had a great time in the studio and the music sounds fantastic. When I think of Since October, I think great band, great bunch of guys, gators tots and good orange juice...not to mention straight ahead, melodic hard rock - with sunshine all over it!"
Frontman and lyricist Ben Graham shares, "It's truth. It's real life stories. And this record is a part of me. And probably a part of me that most people would never see if I could not put it to music, it's honest. It's just rock n' roll. We love big melodies, we love harmonies, throw in a little screaming and that's Since October."
Introducing Since October:
Though this is the band's first label release, these four Bradenton, Florida stalwarts are far from freshmen. They sold more than 5,000 copies of an independent release prior to signing to Tooth&Nail, and have toured extensively during the two-year stretch that has led them up to this point. Having shared the stage with Seventh Day Slumber, Pillar, Disciple, Decyfer Down, and Underoath, they are more than gearing up for the hundreds of shows that are soon to follow. Since October also just finished touring with Seventh Day Slumber throughout the spring. Not only have these four men experienced life's ups and downs, two of them share the same last name: vocalist/frontman Ben Graham and guitarist Luke Graham; Josh Johnson, bass and Audie Grantham, drums complete the band.
"We want to be successful enough to stay on the road and continue to do what we love," says Graham. "We don't want to get bogged down with anything except our primary purpose and vision: To encourage people with our music. We would love to change lives along the way, and provide therapy for the listener."