“I've been to Southampton but I've never been to Scunthorpe,” rapped Tinie Tempah, which is a shame because if he had he may have discovered today’s new band there. They go by the name of the Ruen Brothers, a moniker which is half true as Rupert and Henry (not the most rock ‘n’ roll first names we’ll agree) are siblings. Despite keeping the first names what they’ve actually changed is their surname (Stansall) but then Ruen Brothers just sounds so more powerfully star-like don’t you think? Like a movie by Tarantino perhaps?
Bringing the polo neck and jackets back into fashion in one single swoop, this duo may channel nostalgia heavily (ask your mum, dad, granny or granddad to get out their Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran, Elvis Presley and Rolling Stones records and compare and contrast) but on their dynamite track Aces there’s also a hint of more modern bands such as The Killers (in the vocal delivery), Kitty Daisy & Lewis (listen out for harmonica) and The Black Keys. OK, all of these bands all pilfer from the past but as we’ve argued time and time again there is very little guitar music these days that isn’t doing anything but following tradition. The important point is that Aces is raw, exhilarating and really rather great. It’s time for some gritty old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll to kick you in the ears. C'mon everybody.
Ruen Brothers - Aces