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Right About Now

by Ruth Ruth

New York's best kept secret, Ruth Ruth treads new ground mastered by pop legends such as Elvis Costello. Bringing punk antics, genuine lyrics, and colorful brilliance to the power-pop field.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Waiting For The Rain
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2. Electric
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3. Head In A Cloud
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4. Every Time We Go To Bed
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5. Pay It No Mind
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6. Jim Baio
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7. Do Anything
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8. Right About Now
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9. Cry My Head Off
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10. Bishop Ground, NY
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Album Notes
We were all kids that dreamed of being musicians, and we all saw that dream realized.

In that sense, we couldn't have been luckier. We played a few big venues and our single, Uninvited, was on MTV for a month or two - not too bad. But we are also a product of the modern music industry. Between all of our different projects we've been on five or six major labels and we've opened for more bands than we can remember. We toured in a van over and over and we've been told that we're going to “make it” more times than we'd like to admit.

When we started as Ruth Ruth in 1993, we played anywhere we could in hopes of starting a career for the band. We worked our asses off and we were successful for a while. We signed with American Recordings in 1995 and put out a well-received CD called Laughing Gallery. We were ecstatic, but we were also hanging on every move our record company made like our lives depended on it. And in a way they did. With each new record and each new record company, our band seemed to grow, die and grow again.

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.

Right About Now was recorded in Chris' basement, with only a few takes for each song. In the end we got the CD that we have always wanted to make - one that sounds how we sound when we play alone in the basement.



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Johnny Hate

RUTH RUTH at the Gramercy NYC June 14th.
Ruth Ruth are back and will be opening for Eve 6 on Tuesday June 14th 2016.
Tix on sale now!!


Packed With Smart Pop
Ruth Ruth's newest release is packed with smart pop that's a must for any fan of Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson in their prime. Ruth Ruth has shed itself from the shackles of major-label pressures and have put together a collection of songs with a live sound that we've never heard from the band before. Highlights include the title track, "Electric" and "Jim Baio".

Carl Dietz

Very good. Glad to see Ruth Ruth still pluggin' away.
I am glad to see Mr. Kennedy and crew still at it and STILL creating quality art. I like Ruth Ruth very much and the things I like are all still present in their work: Hooks, tempo, clever lyricism and wit. All told, another excellent effort from the band.


Great CD
I bought this CD as a gift for someone else, but we got to hear a few songs together. The album was great. I wish I had bought a copy of it for myself as well.

Kitty Magik

It probably won't go down as one of the greater lost bands in history, but Ruth Ruth had and--shows with Right About Now--that it still has the raw materials to at least give pause to a swift and clean write-off by those casting votes. A steady progression of albums from "Laughing Gallery" (for which they toured with Spacehog, another one of those misfit bands that should have gotten more critical tail than they ever did) to the exceptional "The Little Death" EP right through their major label debut of "Are You My Friend?" saw Chris Kennedy write increasingly more impressive songs about twisted childhoods and bohemian-like beaver hunts. After being given one more chance from the man due to sour record sales - but who really sells acceptably good numbers besides Usher and Dave Matthews - the band essentially renamed itself Ultra V and put out a somewhat entertaining album in 2000 with songs about the Playboy mansion which got woven up with variant ribbons of cinematic dialogue. One can only imagine Kennedy and the rest of the band spending the last few years following a strict diet of Ramen noodles, weak coffee, cheap drugs and re-readings of their scruffy covered copies of "Valley of the Dolls" as they suffered with and for their art. Having weathered through the period of time where leaving it all behind is the easiest recourse, Ruth Ruth have come out of their catacomb with a record that almost hints at the difficulties they'd run into over time. It's full of more gray-around-the-temples wisdom that's classified as experience. It shuns the brash hubris that the huskiness of Kennedy's distinct voice always made sound slightly askance and dirty. A song like "Every Time We Go To Bed" on this record would have been called "Every Time We Ball" on albums of old. He's mellowed, but is still able to pen the honest truths about his life, dolling them up in literate packs of ten that are arresting for different reasons. He's a man who's learned that the side lights are often the only ones that shine on the indie rock that money left behind.
Sean Moeller

Johnny Hate

Well worth the wait
I just got this in the mail today and I literally have listened to it over and over and continue to listen as I write this.Melodic guitar overtones,solid bass runs and driving drums.Chris Kennedy's voice is as strong if not stronger than when I first heard it well over 15 years ago. This cd is not long enough and it leaves you longing for their next release.Well worth the wait.

Neon NYC

Renewed Freshness & Energy
Battle-scarred veterans of the major label experience, indie rockers Ruth Ruth return with a renewed freshness and energy on Right About Now. No bitter and boring industry war stories here, just a set of strong, airy songs that rely as much on driving rhythms as intelligent lyrics – the kind of songs that originally turned their fans on to them. Particular highlights (among many) are the new wave vibe of the highly danceable “Electric” and “Right About Now,” a prime example of the group’s Elvis Costello meets Joe Jackson pop sensibilities. You can find Chris Kennedy and company gigging around town on occasion and though we haven’t caught ‘em yet, we just know these songs are meant to be jammed live.


Always a good thing when good bands keep making music
This record just extends the musical arc of this band's flight. Mature, thoughtful, yet still full of energy. Clever, heartfelt lyrics, great arrangements and skillfully played. A great band, and too talented for the tin ears of the masses.


Indie mainstays Ruth Ruth have a great new album Right About Now.

Aiding & Abetting

Flashes of Greatness
Ruth Ruth - Right About Now (Flaming Peach)
The Little Death is one of the greatest EPs of all time. Right About Now is really good at points. There are flashes of greatness here. If not for that incendiary little disc of yesteryear, I'd probably like this a lot better. Aiding & Abetting #255 reviews
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