Stencil Trash (2016)
When I picked up the Ruby 7" that I reviewed a few weeks ago, I also grabbed the band's self titled 12" EP as well. This one sided 12" comes on clear vinyl with a splotchy blue screen print on the side with no music. Since the vinyl is clear, you can see the print on both sides. It's a neat gimmick that I've enjoyed in the past, but in this case it goes particularly well with the similarly splotchy screen printed artwork. A nice package.
The music on this 12" is the same as found on Ruby's first demo. I'm always a fan of making sure there's a vinyl version of everything, so I'm glad this decision was made. I'll have to say that the songs are not quite as strong as the ones that are on the Ruby 7". To me, that seems to be a recording quality issue more than anything else. Things sound a little muffled on the 12", but even that can't hide the fact that ruby is cranking out some great songs.
The remind me a lot of what Red Dons would sound like if you took away their distortion. Ruby also sounds quite a bit like the two bands that preceded them, Idle Hands and Blank Pages. Both of those bands were incredible, so I have no issue at all with a similar sound to them. Fast, catchy and jangly is the order of the day on this Ruby EP. While it may not be essential on its own, I feel like it will end up being an important piece in the overall picture of this band. I, for one, can't wait for a full length and some more tunes from these Berlin punk rockers.
Ruby - Ruby One Sided 12":