The Ruling Class Merchandise
** THE RULING CLASS fivepiece jigsaw was completed in December 2007 but guitarist and songwriter Tomas had been searching for the young psychedelic pop rebels in Sweden since 2005 when, fired up by rediscovering the sonic delights of ‘The Stone Roses’ he moved from his native Norrkoping to Stockholm to hook up with bassist Anton. There they strived to forge a line-up of likeminded old school indiepop souls but after a year of searching they gave up and moved to London.
** There they strived to forge a line-up of likeminded old school indiepop souls and this time they faced a wall of Libertines wannabes. Eventually however they encountered mildly berserk Italian drummer Alfie and worked on their master plan, laying down demos as a trio with Tomas on vocals. And then along came Northern boys second guitarist Andy and singer Jonathan who, rather than simply aping Ian Brown’s monkey man moves, came across like a louche hybrid of Tim Burgess and Bobby Gillepsie. Perfect.
** Over the past six months the quintet have been holed up in the notorious Gun Factory rehearsal rooms in Stoke Newington, North London where their midnight sessions have been crackling with a style and a panache sorely lacking in their career-driven peers. As we type the band have played fourteen shows and have been learning their craft all the way from the Bull & Gate to the Bullet Bar, with a Club Fandango show here and a Goonite gig there. The whispers have been building – fellow psychedelic funsters The Horrors and Tim Burgess have joined THE RULING CLASS fan club and other movers and shakers have been gently moving and shaking in the shadows.