As reported by Louder Than War at the end of last year, Dave Ruffy & Segs have re-activated the Ruts DC and will be playing the first in a series of special one off gigs in October at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham on Saturday 6th October.
“It’s not a Ruts reformation, how could it be?”Â Segs told Louder Than War’ s Andrew Peart last year when the news broke. But having carried on in the wake of Malcolm Owen’s untimely death in 1980, first with ”ËAnimal Now’ in 1981 and then finding their voice with ”ËRhythm Collision Vol 1′ a year later, they called it a day in 1983.
Since then the now legendary 2007 gig for a terminally ill Paul Fox, three months before his passing, has kick started a reappraisal of The Ruts ”â and quite right too. It’s now pretty much an accepted fact that they were the one band capable of taking up The Clash‘s mantle as the punk band who could break out of the rigid expectations of what a punk band could do.
Now augmented by guitarist Leigh Heggarty and keyboardist Seamus Beaghan, the band have recorded ”ËRhythm Collision Vol 2’
Both Ruffy & Segs have remained busy of course, working together and separately with the likes of Dexys, Alabama 3, Kirsty MacColl, Marc Almond, Edwyn Collins, Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera, The Waterboys, Sinead O’Connor, Roger Daltry, The Stranglers, The Levellers, The Proclaimers, The Go Betweens… the list really does go on!
But it really doesn’t matter who they’ve shared a stage with, played with in the studio or produced, it should be enough for anyone that the Ruts DC are back and perhaps taking care of a bit of unfinished business on behalf of one of the great bands.
Catch Ruts DC live at:
Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, Sat 6th Oct
Fibbers, York, Sat 20th October
Islington Assembly Hall, Tues 30th October
100 Club, Oxford St. Sat 22nd December
Ruts DC homepage
All words by Macthehack. You can read more from him on LTW here.