Despite the rival attractions of Rod Stewart playing up the road at Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s Amex Stadium; and Spain versus Netherlands in the World Cup; anyone with any taste and sense was down at the Concorde 2 for Ruts DC ably supported by Brighton’s own Prince Fatty and Horseman (Prince Fatty also produced the superb 2013 Ruts DC album “Rhythm Collision Volume 2” which, if you don’t own, you need to put that right ASAP).
If you’re reading you probably don’t need me to tell you that Ruts DC were formed in 1980 from the ashes of The Ruts and following the untimely death of Malcolm Owen by guitarist Paul Fox, bassist John ‘Segs’ Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy, before splitting up in 1983.
In 2007, Ruts DC reformed to play a benefit gig for Paul Fox, and in 2008 Segs and Ruffy started recorded the aforementioned “Rhythm Collision Volume 2” and, so far as I know, have been active ever since.
So, on Friday 13 June 2013, there was only one place to be in Brighton.
Prince Fatty and Horseman were a wonderful, bass-tastic way to kick off the evening and despite the lovely weather which meant quite a few of the crowd stayed outside, they got plenty of people dancing and grins aplenty.
Along with Segs and Ruffy, Ruts DC are now guitarist Leigh Heggarty and the splendidly charismatic Molara providing additional vocals and percussion. What a night! I see a fair amount of live music and this is right up there with the best gigs I’ve seen in a long time. Segs makes a great front man - passionate and humorous.
Ruts DC played plenty of old favourites, including West One, It Was Cold, Jah War (with Horseman helping out), In A Rut, Babylon’s Burning, SUS, Staring At The Rude Boys, and Something That I Said, and this was augmented by plenty of Ruts DC tunes.
Part of what makes Ruts DC so great is that they are still producing vital new music that is every bit as good as the classic punk era songs.
The audience seemed to be loving every minute - I know I was.
If you get the chance to see Ruts DC grab it with both hands.