by tom johnson
Just as the great American novel was so often centred around the great depression of the 1920s/30s, perhaps one day the rise of the WWF and similar wrestling bodies will be as acutely documented and romanticised, so synonymous it is with American tradition and the shifting culture of the time that it thrived within. One of its brightest stars during its heyday was “Ravishing” Rick Rude, a moustached 80s caricature -all glowing abs and Sade entrance music – who climbed the ranks of the WWF to become one of its biggest stars towards the end of said decade. Heralded as one of the best technical wrestlers, not to mention one of the toughest, Rude was the quintessential wrestling star of his time, before sadly passing away in 1999 at the age of 40.
Carrying his name forward in to the next generation, there’s something suitably typically American about Rick Rude, the band, in many of the same ways as its wrestling counterpart. There’s far less fireworks and flares here, of course, but the quartet carry an endearing sense of weight within their hardened guitar-pop songs that only ever tends to develop out of nuanced American landscapes. New track “Ow For Now” is such an example, the jittery four-minutes presenting something dulled by the quiet life, all simmering sentiments and listless explorations of people and places that takes its place within a record that sits as one of the first great long-players of 2017.
We’ll write more on the record as a whole in due time but, ahead of their record-release party, which takes place at 3S Artspace, in Portsmouth, NH, this Saturday (January 7th) we’re very pleased to unveil the brilliant new video for the aforementioned “Ow For Now”, which was directed by the band’s own Jordan Holtz. Check it out below right now.
“Make Mine Tuesday” LP is released via Sophomore Lounge / Tiny Radars
on 20th January 2017
01/07 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Bunny’s A Swine, Kiss Concert & Gash