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The Ringers
Headlocks And Highkicks
Fort Mason Entertainment
www.theringersband.com


The entire reason I even started listening to The Ringers was because of the most honest press release I've ever gotten. It came from Globalbrand Media and the publicist described the band more as an experience than simply something that I should "totally check out." With the countless press releases I get weekly if not daily, it was surprising to get one that felt like it wasn't generated from a computer or a template. That press release goes nicely with this non-cookie cutter band.

The Ringers is a band that was started by an actor that you've probably seen in a commercial or two or even in the movie Accepted. However, when not on the big screen, he's known as Joe Hursley - lead singer/faux rock god. His unconventional style will not only take his talent off the screen and onto the stage, but has been known to take him off the stage and into the street (during performances). This is the kind of music that I will happily and whole-heartedly classify as Punk Rock. You can't help but get into this stuff. Though don't get discouraged if you can't sing along, as the lyrics are a tad hard to pick out. For describing this music I'm gonna have to turn to the greats of the past. I'm sorry but there's just not a band out there today that can really compare to The Ringers. This is because I feel as though they were birthed in the 80s, with some long hair, dark sunglasses and a presence at Woodstock. The shorter songs (longest tags in at 3:19), often shouted lyrics, and the fairly constant pitch, are all characteristics that lend themselves reference to punk pioneers The Ramones. That, coupled with occasional frantic guitars, the opposing uncomplicated bassists, and minimal production, puts them in the same category as not only the Ramones but The Clash, as well. The music is raw and very, very real. They don't need computers or high paid producers to get a quality album done. There's something seriously wrong with you if you can't tap your foot to this. Will they ever make it to radio? Not sure, though I'd probably bet not. And that's ok. There will be enough word-of-mouth brewing to fill their shows.

If I had the chance to see them live at one of those legendary venues like The Knitting Factory or the Viper Room, I would be on the next plane. I feel like this is one of those bands that, once you go live, you never go back. And for good reason.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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