Deep Frosty bandleader Steve Ruecker is a legend to some, a much loved participant in the California rock scene who often hosts barnburning jams at his house in Encinitas. Enlisting Ben Flashman from Los Angeles and Utrillo Kushner from Oakland (Noel Von Harmonson and Ben Chasny guest) of Comets on Fire, Blues Band could be 2017's great rock record. Guitar progressions undergo a classic Quicksilver treatment, as Ruecker's sincere, Roky-esque vocals make testament to the plight of the indigenous, the horror of modern times, and the hopeless beauty of heartbreak. The band’s pure enthusiasm coupled with a distaste for complacency seeps through like blood on fabric, making Blues Band a raw and rocking joy to hear.
released December 1, 2017
Utrillo Kushner Ben Flashman Steve Ruecker
Additional players: Ben Chasny Noel Von Harmonson
Recorded in Encinitas, CA & Oakland, CA (2016-2017)
Spent some time checking out Ben's 'Hexadic' system (more successful intellectually than in guitar playing results in my case!), so these early electric SOOA tracks were found at a very apposite moment and have an interesting contextual connection to the later work.
Rough and ready maybe but totally absorbing... John Cratchley