Monthly archives: June, 2013

Sacramento, where you at?


Monday sees the release of the second album from Middle Class Rut ‘Pick Up Your Head’.

Their last album, the explosive, but perhaps one-dimensional, No Name Out Colour, came out two and a half years ago, and it’s good to see they’ve spent that time honing their craft and really moving into new, uncharted territories. There’s much more depth, they’re much tighter as a band and the idea that just two people are making such a racket, frankly, is unbelievable.

They’re from Sacramento and frankly there’s traces of everything from fellow Sacromentans Deftones, to Rage Against The Machine and Jane’s Addiction in the mix. To my mind, they also compare to a early 00s Brit hopefuls The Music (man, what a great, great band) albeit much angrier and heavier.

It’s been knocking around for a while, but if you’ve missed the first single from the album, check it out!

Oh, and whilst we’re talking about Californian rock bands upping their game…the new letlive track is amazing.. hold tight for the album in July!


I am delighted to announce that I am joining Kerrang! Radio to present the weekly rock chart.

The show starts this Saturday 22nd June at 10am and will feature tracks from Biffy Clyro, Lower Than Atlantis, Paramore and my favourite metal track of the year so far, this absolute banger…

You can listen to Kerrang! Radio on DAB, freeview TV channel 717, online at or with our free mobile apps.

Nice one,