Ruts DC put on three incredible performances in one weekend at last weekend’s Rebellion Festival. Philip Thompson was lucky enough to see them all. Read his review of this very special band below.
In common with many momentous occasions, it seems both the blink of an eye and an age since I found myself reviewing the return of Ruts DC at Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival two years ago. It’s fair to say that, despite having been a band in the wilderness for some 30 years, I hung my hat on them as one of punk rock’s great hopes for the future. Whatever else we learned this weekend, it’s clear that Ruts DC have not let me, their incredibly loyal fan-base or, crucially, themselves down.
Since that triumphant return they have not rested on their laurels. They have operated on a DIY, somewhat hit and run (no pun intended!) basis where gigs are concerned- playing wherever they have felt the vibe is righteous to ever more ecstatic, sometimes disbelieving audiences. This approach culminated in last year’s valedictory performances on The Damned’s UK winter tour. Much has been reported on that score already but it’s telling that a widely held opinion amongst seasoned Damned watchers is that the inclusion of Ruts DC on the bill caused the old chaos-mongers themselves to up their game.