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Ruth Ruth-Right About Now

November 27, 2004

ruthruthBand Name: Ruth Ruth

Album Name: Right About Now
Best element: Commitment to themselves over fame and fortune.
Genre: Indie Rock/Emo


Label name: Flaming Peach records
Band e-mail:

The members of Ruth Ruth are obvious indie rock veterans. They have honed their sound and have fun with their music without really caring what category they fit into. It’s rare that a band plays music for the sake of playing music, but according to a statement on their website:

“Ten years ago when we started, we thought the ultimate goal was to get signed and make a record. Now we are finding that being independent is better for us. The ultimate goal this time was to enjoy the process and make the best album we could. No words to hang on from the “executives”. No songs we “have to play”. And we finally got to do things at our own pace and in our own way.”

This attitude is reflected in their music, as it’s obvious that they love playing music and do it for the fun, and not for the notoriety and riches that corrupt so many bands once they reach the big time.

Overall, Right About Now is evocative of Barenaked Ladies Stunt in its laid back nature and fun-to-listen-to traits. There are some great upbeat tunes on this CD, such as “Electric”, a song apparently about infatuation and sexual tension. This is balanced out by more serious songs, such as “Every Time We Go to Bed”, a song which tells the story of turmoil in a relationship which is only balanced by bedroom intimacy. The song “Jim Baio”, which, appropriately, tells the story of a guy named Jim, has a great grungier sound. This variety keeps the album fresh and fun to listen to from start to finish.

On a personal note, it was great to have a chance to listen to this CD and review it as I remember back when they were on Deep Elm Records–I always enjoyed their sound, but I was just a poor teenager at the time and couldn’t afford to order the music. I feel like I’ve missed out!

-Andrea Goodwin

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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