The Ruen Brothers

#9 Ruen Brothers
UK NOIR: England’s Ruen Brothers create the soundtrack to their own film Apr. 5.
Friday April 5, 2024 08:00 PM EDT
Cost: $12+
CRITIC’S PICK: Two Brit siblings (Rupert and Henry Stansall) run country influences though a film noir sensibility for something that sounds like it’s from another, dreamier dimension. Henry’s four-octave tenor is reminiscent of Roy Orbison singing over windswept music perfect for the soundtrack of an as yet unmade Spaghetti Western. They will feature tunes from last year’s Ten Paces. Edgy and unique. —Hal Horowitz

From the venue:

After their Rick-Rubin-produced debut album, and a self-produced second record featuring songs they’d written for an award winning Netflix film, Ruen Brothers emerged with a powerful and timeless ode to Western classics on their 2023 Ten Paces. The British duo hit neo-noir gold on the ten song collection — their first for Yep Roc Records — with classic melodies and dulcet, soaring vocal tones, laced with western guitar motifs and reverberant production.

Inspired by their dad’s record collection, brothers Rupert and Henry covered the likes of Charlie Feathers, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry and The Everly Brothers in the smoke-laced working men’s pubs of their industrial hometown. Since initial discovery via the BBC, Ruen Brothers have opened for artists such as Greta Van Fleet and Orville Peck, garnered a wealth of radio airplay around the U.S. and toured from East to West between recording sessions. 2023 saw them land on multiple Billboard and radio charts with their new record ˜Ten Paces. The album and their single “Don’t Know What’s Come Over You” are currently under Grammy consideration for “˜Best Americana Album,” “˜Best Americana Performance,” and “˜Best American Roots Song.”

No Depression:
“They’re well versed in the source of the musical rivers in which they were raised, but they’re excited by the direction of new tributaries along the way. It’s how they carry labels of both timeless and timely throughout a full set of songs.”

“Inspired by western noir and the dark void that so perfectly pairs alt-country with brooding cinemascapes, Henry and Rupert have hit a new milestone with Ten Paces.”

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