The Ruiners

How's That Grab Ya?

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The Ruiners' brand of punk rock isn't as lewd as the cover photos might lead you to expect. It's actually pretty good-natured if cheeky and ironic punk with substantial hard rock and pop influences. Within those stylistic bounds it acquits itself acceptably, though it's nothing, to make a bad pun inspired by the title, too attention-grabbing. References to vampires and graveyards put in Cramps-ish creepiness, and some chirpy female backup yelping by the Ruinettes dot the proceedings. There's not a great deal of stylistic or emotional range here, but they don't wholly stick in a predictable punkish bag, with "She Died" benefiting from some rockabilly beat and bluesy harmonica, and "Temptation" sounding a little like Nick Cave in its barroom dissolution.

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