By Michael Andronico
Connecticut rockers Ula Ruth are ready for your ears, so ready that they’ve decided to release their debut EP “Extended Play” for free on Bandcamp. The quartet, made up of frontman Nicholas James, bassist Kevin Clymer, guitarist Dean Miller, and drummer Lucas James, bring a very classic quality to their rock n’ roll despite their young age.
EP opener “Empty” is the perfect introduction to the group’s toe-tapping sound, while “Dance All Night” boasts the most instantly catchy chorus on the album. The midtempo “Call to the Lonely” keeps things moving along, before the band strip things down for slow-burning closer “Water on Cigarettes.” James’ voice has an arresting rasp to it, most notably on the final track.
There’s something about Ula Ruth that’s comfortingly familiar, though their fresh take on rock n’ roll is hard to come by in this generation of music. The CT four-piece hint at a ton of potential on their debut, and could become real rock heavyweights if they keep making music like this.