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Ruiners' Typecast is Anything But Typical Punk

Ruiners break the mold on latest album.
Ruiners break the mold on latest album. Photo by Daniel Jackson

By all accounts, the gentlemen of Houston's Ruiners look like nice fine boys, the kind who would take their grandma's groceries in from the car. That is, until they perform. Whether it be in person or on their latest album Typecast, the four piece quickly turn into rabid punks who emote elements of '90s D.C. punk with the darkness of these modern times.

"No" opens with guitars that ring like church bells. In many ways, the song should remind you of the sounds that a band like Unwound made more than a decade ago, though this isn't a post-hardcore emo band. This, is punk redefined.

With "Swipe," the four piece employs a similar guitar tone, with squeals that sound like dolphins talking to each other.  There's no sense of urgency here; it's as if they're performing in a burning house, where they're waiting for the rafters to fall in on them from their lumbering tones when they finally hit that ending.

There's a more melodic sound to "Khandaan," while "Raptor" is more disjointed.  Two tracks later, Ruiners return to a more upbeat sound while still emitting dark notes on "Vice."

When they bring you the track "Outside," this is as close to the band gets to sounding as they did on their previous album Plebeian.  A new version of the previously released track "Liquid" follows, before the band takes things further on "Glowing." The ominous tone of the track, complete with post-punk guitars and and screams into the night evoke bleak moments of isolation. This, is the new punk.

You can stream Typecast on all streaming platforms when it's released on September 4, or you can purchase it directly from the Geodesic Records Bandcamp page. You can see Ruiners live and in person, when they perform at Insomnia Gallery on Saturday September 8. The all ages show will feature performances from Lace, SUPER THIEF, and EVAK1. Doors at 8 p.m.; Free.
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David Garrick is a former contributor to the Houston Press. His articles focus primarily on Houston music and Houston music events.