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Wednesday, March 12 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Middle Class Rut

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Middle Class Rut play a visceral brand of alternative rock that echoes the intensity of Jane’s Addiction and Refused, the pummeling rhythmic backbone of Rage Against The Machine and the anthemic post-punk core of The Foo Fighters. Only in their mid-20s, Middle Class Rut—Zack Lopez (guitar/vox) and Sean Stockham (drums/vox)—are veteran musicians; both were core members of Leisure, an LA-based band that was signed to DreamWorks back in 2000 when Sean and Zack were in their early teens. After Leisure disbanded in 2003, Zack and Sean realized that what they really wanted was to write music and perform together as a stripped-down two-piece. After secluding themselves in their studio for several months and producing more than 60 songs, Middle Class Rut was officially born, performing for the first time in December 2006 in their hometown of Sacramento, CA. The band's first major tour was in Fall 2007 with Receiving End Of Sirens and Envy On The Coast. And from the very first tour stop, Middle Class Rut completely destroyed the audience's preconceptions of what a rock two-piece is capable of. ALTERNATIVE PRESS described the band’s aggressive sound and intense performances best in their January 2008 issue, writing: “…it’s mind-blowing to witness the sheer depth and complexity of the sound these two guys are capable of unleashing on their own…but once the novelty subsides, you’re left with incendiary post-rock with visible traces of ‘90s alternative.” Unsigned for the moment, Middle Class Rut will be touring throughout the US and Canada in 2008, including several appearances at SXSW in Austin, TX this coming March.

Wednesday March 12, 2008 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Blind Pig Rooftop 317 E 6th St

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