The latest from Vex Ruffin is a free MP3 EP called No Escape, five tracks in all. It starts out with the straight-up drum march “Always Wanna Fuss,” with a dark-tinged distorted minimal guitar. Then he transcends into the next song “No Escape,” which highlights the more electronic leanings. Vex Ruffin is a hybrid of many different genres -- garage rock and indie rock, but also electronic beats and even hip hop. It’s no surprise then, that he landed on Stones Throw Records. I’d use madman to describe his approach, but Vex is a smarter cat than that ... he’s more savant genius feeling his way through sounds by pure gut instinct.
To get signed to Stones Throw, Vex *stalked* Peanut Butter Wolf with a demo, and PB Wolf called Vex and he thought it was a joke ... until it got real.
“It was kind of a fluke that I listened. I just liked the drawing on the cover so I decided to check it out. I called the phone number on the CD and Vex thought I was his friend playing a practical joke,” he said.
To show the more experimental side, check out the video for "Crash Course," it's more Sebadoh-style punk rock in its tone.
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