Posts Tagged ‘Art Decade’

Weekly Dig RIBS Profile – May 2011

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

By Steve Church:

RIBS have never shied away from their comparisons. Likened by fans and critics to such hard line, atmospheric rock monsters as Nine Inch Nails, Deftones and Muse, the Boston quartet embraces these associations as both a testament to their established musicality and an indicator of form towards attracting new fans. And after earning Reddit.com’s top-voted music post of all time within a month of releasing 2010 EP British Brains, (amongst other accolades) it’s clear that RIBS is a band that can flourish beyond the similarities.

“We’re not one of those bands that are like, ‘Oh, you can’t compare us to anything,’”

says guitarist and lead vocalist Keith Freund. “I think that what we do is rock music that’s meant to give you chills—anything that goes from something soft to something loud in a short period of time. [With] bands like Deftones and NIN, I definitely see the comparison there.”

High school friends Freund and bassist Blake Fusilier formed the basis for RIBS, writing music in Atlanta together before attending college in Boston in 2005. The two spent their time shaping and experimenting with sound while actively searching out new members to round out the group, discovering drummer Chris Oquist and guitarist (and fellow Atlantian) Justin Tolan, in Boston’s metal scene. Freund and Fusilier found their potential bandmates’ interests extended far beyond those of your average metalheads:

“I met Justin, who was this shred guitar prodigy. I was hearing about him through a lot of rumors, and he was in Guitar Player magazine,” says Freund. “Then I found out that he was into a lot of the same stuff that I was in to—Muse, Radiohead, Aphex Twin. That piqued my interest.”

Oquist appealed to Freund and Fusilier in much the same way, telling them right off the bat that his favorite artists were Paul Simon and The Beatles. With influences ranging from metal to electronic to ‘60s pop and four incredibly talented musicians on board, RIBS had its final lineup by March 2009. The band set to work on their first EP, British Brains, a guitar-driven effort in industrial doom and gloom mixed and produced entirely by Freund. A year later, Freund posted the completed British Brains on Reddit.com, where its ratings skyrocketed and sold 600 copies in the first week. For their next record, RIBS tapered their mechanical appeal in place of a more dance-worthy post-punk on 2011’s Locrian Singles.

RIBS have now cracked the local rock scene, garnering praise across Boston for their complex songwriting and fiery live performances. They’re currently working on releasing their next EP, Russian Blood, expected later this year. In the meantime, it’s all about performing in new and innovative ways. Incorporating vibrant lighting displays with their music, RIBS have set a standard of performance for Boston acts, and they promise something special—though they’re keeping quiet—for their east coast tour kickoff before snaking their way south towards Atlanta. And they’re hoping to pick up some new fans along the way.

“Our live show makes use of a lot of different elements,” says Oquist. “It’s about trying to pull people out of the usual experience of a show and doing something that is more immersed in what the music is about. That’s sonically, lyrically and visually a lot in terms of a live performance.”

RIBS
WITH LIGHTS RESOLVE
AND ART DECADE

THURSDAY 5.5.11

GREAT SCOTT
1222 COMM. AVE.
ALLSTON

617.566.9014
9PM/18+/$9

GREATSCOTTBOSTON.COM
RIBSTHEBAND.COM

SOURCE: http://digboston.com/listen/2011/05/ribs/

Tour Tour Tour Tour

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Last month, we told you we’ll be hitting the road in May for our first-ever East Coast Tour. Here are the finalized dates:

05.05 – Boston, MA* – Great Scott – RSVP on Facebook / Tickets / Details
05.06 – Danbury, CT* – Heirloom Arts TheatreRSVP on Facebook / Details
05.07 – Albany, NY* – Hudson River Coffee House – RSVP on Facebook / Details
05.08 – Brooklyn, NY – The Charleston – RSVP on Facebook / Details
05.09 – Baltimore, MD* – Sidebar TavernRSVP on Facebook / Tickets / Details
05.10 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter – RSVP on Facebook/ Details
05.11 – Greensboro, NC – Pin Ups – RSVP on Facebook/ Details
05.12 – Asheville, NC – The LAB – RSVP on Facebook / Details
05.13 – Atlanta, GA – The Music Room – RSVP on Facebook / Details
05.14 – Athens, GA – Rye Bar – RSVP on Facebook / Details

* Dates w/ Lights Resolve

Other bands we’re playing with: Grandfather, Hammer No More The Fingers, Ovlov, Whoarfrost, Jews & Catholics, Art Decade, Historic, Hans Darkbolt, Miles From Pangaea, Rat Jackson, Funny Like A Funeral, Pilots, Jewel Heist, Ear Theory, Collen Applegate, Sneaky Hand, NARC

Tour booked by Extinguish Presents.

How You Can Help

  • If we’re playing in your town, invite your friends to the FB event and bring them to the show.
  • If you know of anybody that will like RIBS, invite them to the FB event and bring them to the show.
  • If you want to help us promote in your town, email us and we’ll send you posters and all kinds of other cool swag.
  • Help fund our tour in style by ordering the Brains Out Tee.

Editor’s Pick: Upcoming RIBS Show In The Boston Phoenix

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

From the Boston Phoenix Spring Preview this week:

RIBS + Lights Resolve + Art Decade

May 5
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Allston, MA

Editors Pick

You remember how worked up your mother used to get before your first day of school? Well, that’s how we feel about RIBS as they prepare to unleash their experimental metal all along the East Coast. We ironed their clothes, packed their lunch, and named them one of the 11 bands to watch in 2011. Now, we’ll be there to wish them luck when they launch their tour at Great Scott.

LINK: http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Concerts/100686-Ribs-Light-Resolve/

FB event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198267473524838

Ticketweb: http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3603985

RIBS Boston Tour Kickoff Show w/ Lights Resolve & Art Decade (5/5/11)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

5/5/11 – BOSTON, MA – Tour Kickoff Show @ Great Scott w/ Lights Resolve, Art Decade

Bostonist Show Preview: Exploding In Sound Showcase

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

RIBS is a dark rock band sometimes compared to Muse or Queens of the Stone Age—or, less often, Joy Division. Sunday night, RIBS will play with other rough-edged local acts at Church, creating an evening of deep sounds with a metal tinge. If you have Monday off work, there’s no excuse for not rocking out all night.”

Source: http://bostonist.com/2010/01/15/ribs_brings_rock_structure_to_churc.php

Exploding In Sound showcase – Boston, MA 1/17/10 @ Church w/Ultra Violent Lights & Art Decade