Ruder Than You
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Ruder Than You

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Big Step - 1992
Horny For Ska - 1996
Philly Stylee - 2005
God's Ghetto EP - 2008



RUDER THAN YOU was founded in 1989 at Penn State University and relocated to Philadelphia in 1991, arguably becoming the most popular ska-influenced Philadelphia band - EVER. The Ruder Than You identity has never fit too neatly into any of the generic ska categorizations. While ska and reggae stylings have always provided the common musical thread, over the past 18+ years they've been mixing in dancehall reggae, hip-hop, rocksteady, and rub-a-dub, even adding elements of funk, jazz, and punk - to create their own unique sound. What is consistant is the band’s energy and enthusiasm, which inevitably pulls people out onto the dance floor.

Independent ska label Moon Records, a.k.a. MoonSKA NYC, jumped to put out the band’s debut album BIG STEP in 1992 and its follow-up HORNY FOR SKA in 1996. By the mid 90s the group had morphed from a five-piece into a nine-piece outfit and captured a passionate, loyal following in the Philly and New York areas, selling out shows regularly. The group toured nationally, regularly opening up for groups like the Skatalites, Steel Pulse, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Blink 182, Desmond Dekker, Ziggy Marley, 311, English Beat, Bad Manners, Fishbone, Yellowman, Eek a Mouse, No Doubt and countless others. Ruder CDs were released in Japan and England, and songs can be found on dozens of compilation CDs far and wide.

In 2005 the band self-released their long-awaited third album, PHILLY STYLEE on their own God's Ghetto label. The CD features the late Trish Johnson on bari-sax and several top Philadelphia guest musicians including Philly jazz trumpeter extraordinaire, John Swana. Philly Stylee was recorded in spurts during the Third Wave ska heyday between 1996 and 1999 with final vocal overdubs and mixes completed in 2004. The CD was excruciatingly long in the making for many reasons, not the least of which included the demise of the band’s label Moon, a 3-year incarceration of lead singer and toaster Freddie 3D Weaver, and the death of bari-sax player Trish Johnson. Despite these obstacles, after taking a nearly 3-year hiatus, the band started back up in 2003 and completed the CD that even the most hopeful fans had given up on.

The band’s latest release and first truly fresh studio endeavor of the decade is the 5-song EP entitled GOD’S GHETTO (May 2008). The EP is released on the East-African record label Lulu Nyeusi and represents the first known American ska-influenced band to have a release on an African record label. Ruder Than You has always had an eclectic sound and this release is no exception. For this installment, the band chose tunes heavy on old school hip-hop and dancehall and emphasizes lyrics penned by Weaver. While these songs differ a bit from the familiar feel of previous albums, they offer the same kind of extraordinary energy and catchiness.

The band’s current roster of veteran members includes the Round Mound of Dub Sound - singer FREDDIE 3D WEAVER. Band leader DOUG DUBROSKY still sings and plays tenor sax. He and DON PANCOE on bass hail from the earliest days of RTY. ROD MARTINO and CHRIS KLIMCHAK fill out the lineup on guitar and trombone, respectively. LARRY "ACE" SNELL of the Toasters and Public Service sits on the drum throne. The group has already started recording their next full-length CD which features their contemporary ska and rocksteady sounds.

So, whether it be on the CD player, web, or HOPEFULLY live in concert, you are oh so encouraged to let your mind and body succumb to the rude sounds of those brothers of love, Ruder Than You.