RULER: “Tiger” b/w “Gimme Some Noise”: 7”

May 23, 2018

In the last few months, my collection of Secret Mission releases has grown steadily with the likes of The Fadeaways, Boys Order, and M.O.T.O. This Ruler 7” is further proof that the label can do no wrong. Boasting members of legendary Japanese punk outfits Teengenerate, Raydios, and The Young Ones, Ruler delivers two furious stripped-down tunes in the vein of Testors. For over two decades, guitarist Fink has been tickling eardrums with his rockin’, spastic riffs while the rest of the band—Rayco, Otoya, and Azu—aren’t slackers either; they effortlessly harness chaos for five head-spinning minutes. At two songs, this 7” is only a small sample of Ruler’s true power. Let’s hope an LP is around the corner. –Sean Arenas (Secret Mission, / Mangrove)