Los Angeles, CA
The Ruse have been known to deliver songs that will crawl into your head and take hold of your heart. Rebellion, the band’s new five song EP, brings a blend of guitar-laden tracks and commanding drum and bass lines that generate the feeling of a live performance.
“We wanted to make new songs that showed off the best parts of The Ruse” guitarist Jim Bilus says. "Our band is at our best when we can simply step out of the way and let the melodies shine. The songs on Rebellion feel timeless and emotional to us, and we think it will resonate with all kinds of music lovers. ”
Rebellion is equal parts of lead singer John Dauer’s powerful operatic vocals, guitarist Jim Bilus’ rocking garage-y guitar riffs, and the burly rhythms dispensed by drummer Jason Young and bassist Mark Stolze. The album was produced by Jorge Vivo and the band in their hometown of Los Angeles. With Rebellion, the Ruse continues to combine honest lyrics with a selfless message, swinging from stripped down rock to moving, moody, and melodic ballads.
No stranger to television, the band has had over a dozen tracks and a cameo role on MTV’s “The Hills;” they performed in an episode of HBO’s “Entourage;” and several songs from the band’s last albums are in current use on various MTV shows. The video for first single "Simple Grace" is a black white reflection of the song's message of "love and redemption". The video was shot in the California desert and directed by Loghan Call.
iTunes has featured the Ruse’s “Beautiful is Gone” as Single of the Week and the band has had the distinct pleasure of playing an opening show for U2 at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, CA.
Band Highlights: iTunes Single of the Week (June 2009) for "Beautiful is Gone" Reached number 21 on Billboard's "Heatseekers" Chart (June 2009) Guest Star and performance on Season 3 of MTV's "The Hills" MTV Video Music Award Nomination for Breakout Artist LA 2008 6 Coast to coast US tours in 3 years 12+ songs featured on MTV's "The Hills" Numerous TV and movie placements Cameo on HBO's "Entourage" Featured on ABC's "20/20" Shows at Bowery Ballroom, Gramercy Theater, Mercury Lounge, and 9:30 Club in NYC/DC *Shows at The El Rey, Troubadour, House of Blues, Roxy, Key Club, and Viper Room in LA
Discography: 2011 "Rebellion" EP 2010 "Love Sex Confusion" LP 2008 "Midnight In The City" LP 2007 "Live At The Viper Room" EP 2006 “Light In Motion” LP 2005 “Invasion” LP