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RUTS DC at JAZZ CAFE, CAMDEN LONDON
It’s starting to feel like a Ruts DC gig in London is an event again. Tonight in Camden the Jazz Café is nicely full for the home town leg of the bands ‘Psychic Attack’ tour and the air’s full of anticipation and expectation. This great band, who initially had such hesitancy about coming back, have now hit such a confident and creative stride that there are three brand new songs in the set, the first of which, ‘Surprise, they open with and its hard pop shell sounds like a natural progression from 1981’s much underrated ‘Animal Now album if they hadn’t diverted into magnificent dub reggae territory with ‘Rhythm Collision’. Tonight’s show is a little frantic at times, Ruffy’s drum kit moving around to his frustration, but that hint of tension and edge always made the best Ruts and Ruts DC gigs and nothing’s changed. Segs is in sparkling form, chatting to the audience as if we are all old friends which to be honest most of us are! He mentions that he and Ruffy came to the Jazz Café to see Sly and Robbie and I can’t be the only one to note the symmetry, reggae’s greatest rhythm section aligned with punk’s finest drum and bass.