RUBY BUFF: Self-titled: CS

Nov 02, 2015

Catchy but weak power-pop-esque rock music (or self-described “off-brand”) from Philadelphia. This would be better with stronger vocals and prominent lead guitar lines to break up the monotony of the song structures. The style shifts to slightly-more-aggressive on “Deep in Your Head,” channeling a little bit more of a punk vibe (à la a less-deranged Spits). This isn’t a bad release, but it’s definitely a document of a band in their infancy. The vocal melodies on “The Unforgiveable Act of Living” reminds me of early Foo Fighters, and I’m not sure from the context whether this band would take that as a compliment or an insult. 

 –Ian Wise (

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