The self-titled debut from the
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Rudder’s debut release plays it safe, with the band seeming hesitant to stretch out. Instead, they go to work over half-finished ideas and underdeveloped riffs that leave Rudder less than inspiring.
Tracks such as the opening “Squarefoot” and “Juray” start to build interesting grooves, but are ultimately abandoned moments before they fully take flight. Perhaps their longtime role as sideman and in the stuffy confines of TV studio bands has stunted some of their natural instinct to explore.
Rudder is out now on Nineteen-Eight Records