S​/​T Tape I

by Blue Ruin

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02:51
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03:31
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04:36
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02:55

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TAPES AVAILABLE FROM ECSTATTIC RECORDS
[https://ecstatticstudio.bandcamp.com/album/ecs-021-s-t-by-blue-ruin]

This self-titled EP is the second release from Minneapolis-based Motown-Punks BLUE RUIN.

Representing a departure from their first EP, "Blue Ruin" trades in the scuzzed-out good-time vibes of their debut for something darker and more nuanced, mixing Big Classic Rock, Motown and weirdo punk rock into a groove-heavy exploration of various heartbreaks.

The change pays dividend right from the start: "Franklin" is an infectious slice of guitar-pop heaven, while "Get Up & Go" rides a skeletal groove into straight-up rock-n-roll territory. Meanwhile, "Carnivore" and "Park Bench" show the band equally adept at slowing things down to a propulsive mid-tempo for some bruised balladeering.

I could write more, but this insanely tight four-song set does all the convincing on its own. Give it a spin and you'll be coming back for more.
-Ali Jafaar

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released 13 February 2015

Written and Performed by Blue Ruin
Lyrics J.McKenzie/Z. McCormick
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ali Jafaar at Ecstattic Studio
Design by William Gerard and Ali Jafaar

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Blue Ruin Minneapolis, Minnesota

In early 2011, four kids from South Minneapolis formed a band. Drawing equal influence from their time in the trenches of the Twin Cities Punk scene and the dusty grooves of their favorite Soul and R&B records, Blue Ruin created a raw, guitar driven sound with an emphasis on the groove. ... more

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Track Name: Franklin
Desperate measures
vacant nine to five
gnawing hunger
struggle to survive

But this time
this time you've gone too far
this time
they'll show no mercy

Gleaming badges
polished like a gun
growing habit
quota filling up

This time
this time you've gone too far
This time
you can't obscure it
listened to him plead for his life
then left him in a pool of blood

This time
this time you've gone to far
this time
they'll show no mercy
hunted to a corner underground
five bullets in the back of your skull
Track Name: Get Up & Go
Get up and go
don't say a word
you ain't never said nothin
worth being heard

And you rack up your quarrels
like kids learning dynasties
one to another then
another comes back to me

Feel me up
like we're walking down rehearsal street
eyes on the ground
like passersby on their feet

Get up and go
I told you so

Get up and go
slip away in the night
don't tell a soul
just turn our your lights

And you rattle your cage
like back when you were seventeen
wanderlust and
I wish you'd come back to me

Fill me up
like the first drop of chemistry
heart in my throat from
your heat and intensity

Get up and go
I told you so
Track Name: Park Bench
Door slams
loud enough to rattle window panes
know what's coming
I recognize the fear and strangled rage
throw the latch and
hide out from the storm
your castle

I ain't gotta take this
I don't need the abuse
All the shouting and the pacing
and the bitterness of youth

No use in saying
words already been said
I got fifteen bucks it's warm enough to

Sleep outside again

Door slams
and offers no resistance to your arm
so I know what's coming
pull my backbone straight and set my jaw
now we're toe to toe again
never eye to eye
your castle
tonight I'm gonna leave it all

I ain't gotta take this
I don't need the abuse
All the shouting and the pacing
and the bitterness of youth

No use in saying
words already been said
I got fifteen bucks it's warm enough

Sleep outside again
Track Name: Carnivore
Stop wait a minute
tell some lies with me
they ain't nothing new
but they're what I need
I always loved you
I always will
and when he calls
I will love you still

What are these sweet lies we tell each other
I can change said the carnivore
show gets old tips get stiffer
end of the night your lip still quivers

For me

Stop packing up
don't think we're young enough anymore
you never know
if this is the last time
so leave it in the either
cuz I'm still a believer
know he might steal ya
but not tonight

What are these sweet lies we tell each other
I can change said the carnivore
show gets old tips get stiffer
end of the night your lip still quivers