Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Ruen Brothers at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom

By the ages of 11 and 12, brothers Henry Stansall (lead vocals/acoustic guitar) and Rupert Stansall (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals) were on stage at pubs in their native Scunthorpe, England, performing songs by American music artists from the 1950s and 1960s. Following college, they relocated to London hoping to establish a music career. They conflated their first names to create a new name, the Ruen Brothers, and released a debut EP, Point Dume, on March 15, 2015.

Opening for George Ezra at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom, the Ruen Brothers modernized an old sound and bridged eras. Looking like the Everly Brothers and sounding like early Glimmer Twins, the youthful Ruen Brothers mined early rock and roll and rockabilly but then added a robust dose of cuteness. The band balanced Elvis Presley-styled crooning and Buddy Holly-style rumbling but updated the music to the age of Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. The Ruen Brothers may still be in the process of refining a sound, however; the cover of the Rolling Stones' disco-era "Miss You" seemed out of sync. Nevertheless, the potential for growth was visible, audible and impressive.

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