I'm not sure I run into many bands that grab my attention from the very first song--a brand new song, at that--and hold it in a firm grip until the end of their set.
Ula Ruth is one of those bands.
Nic James, Andrew LeCoche, Kevin Clymer, and Luc James kicked things off on Tuesday night (Nov. 3) at Rockwood Music Hall with "Strung Out," a moody, alluring track that set the stage (pun definitely intended) for their lead singer's vocal strengths.
Nic has such a commanding voice, yet it's smooth and almost crooning at the same time. He's supported by incredible guitars and drums, all of which combine in an effortless way that's pretty admirable, if you ask me. "Young & Restless" and "Nobody Lives Forever" are perfect examples on that count--possibly their best performances.
Every single instrumental I heard that night was dynamic, catchy, and just an enjoyable experience.
One aspect I love is that the energy in their music very much speaks for itself; they don't need to jump all over the stage for you to feel it. You just do.
They ended the set with "Under Cover Teenage Lover," a dark, yet upbeat track that had everyone ready for Ula to play until the sun came up.
If you're in New York, do yourself a favor and check out Ula Ruth live. You might just see me there!
Look out for their EP, Fever, due in January.