RULER: “Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie”: 7”

Ruler snuck up on me earlier this year with a super-limited debut 7” and this one here (their second and equally as limited) almost got away from me as well. Here’s what you need to know: Ruler is fucking great. Fink from Teengenerate is on guitar, and he is and isn’t the focal point (to me, the singer is usually the focal point). Most of my comparisons will be to Teengenerate and their related projects, as I know them best of all the bands the various members have been in. There’s much the same punk energy as Teengenerate but the recordings aren’t blown out (not as clean as some Raydios releases, but the added fidelity gives the low end some real heft). There’s a power pop sensibility but it’s different than Firestarter. The A-side is a super-charged Eddie Cochran cover, the B-side is an ode to carefree days gone by. Here’s hoping a full length comes down the pike before too long. –Sal Lucci (Secret Mission, secretmissionrecords.bandcamp.com / Mangrove)