While Ruiners are set to release a brand new album, Typecast, within just nearly exactly a month from today, their old work is still worth delving into. Prior to the Texan post-punk outfit refining their sound for their latest, they still had a relatively listenable album for the punk-initiated in the form of Plebeian. One of the tracks at the forefront of Plebeian is “Anxiety”. It’s a tune that most certainly feels like it lives up to its name, hitting listeners with a barrage of traded shouts and crunching guitar that comes out in rhythmic blasts that are meant to simultaneously captivate and unsettle.
Like the songs pervading Typecast, it’s a song meant to rile a crowd up and keep them chugging in a way that few post-punk outlets seem to have up with over the years—at least with such fervor as Ruiners. It’s just a little more raw around the edges than the band’s latest affairs, and it might even feel a little more charming in its own way for it. The music video screams 90s punk, featuring the sort-of cross between fun and dismaying fast-shots that hit much of the overarching rock scene in that era. Taking footage from Tetsuo II: The Body Hammer, Ruiners know how to keep listeners energized and squirming with “Anxiety”.