Boston-based Ruin/Renewal released their debut EP just last year, and the first single, “Proverbs,” was named by Boston Emissions as “Favorite New Local Song” for the week of December 3. Two other tracks were lauded by WMBR’s “Pipeline!” show. A mix of acoustic and electric with low, breathy vocals, their music is moody and atmospheric, swelling up and then receding into quieter passages. They just released their second EP, Chess Club (on Burst & Bloom Records), and are working on their full-length debut album, to be titled “Unknown You,” due out in October.
Chess Club contains some of the band’s earliest material. Founded by songwriter/guitarist Joshua Pritchard and his twin brother John, they were joined by producer Tom Eaton, who recorded them in his Boston studio, Universal Noise Storage. Drummer Jon Glancy (A Bit Much, Mount Peru) has been performing with them since April of this year.