Press Cheat Sheet – RIBS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Contact
  2. Key Things To Know (Talking Points)
  3. Photos
  4. Band Members
  5. Bio
  6. Release Info – Russian Blood (2012)
  7. Release Info – Locrian Singles (2011)
  8. Release Info – British Brains (2010)
  9. Tour Dates / Upcoming Shows
  10. Links
  11. Videos
  12. Embeddable Album & Song Widgets
  13. News & Site Posts – Sorted By Category
  14. Press Quotes (**SPOILERS**)
  15. Radio Play

CONTACT

ribstheband@gmail.com

PHOTOS

RIBS-Nook

– Left: Chris Oquist (drums)
– Right: Keith Freund (vocals/guitar/bass)

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For more photos: ribstheband@gmail.com

PHOTOS – FIND BY TYPE

RIBS Multitags Tool – Filter by criteria like members featured, photo set, high resolution, year, and Creative Commons. (For example to find photos of Keith and Chris together for a print magazine you would check the boxes Keith, Chris, and Hi Res.)

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT RIBS
– Based out of Brooklyn, NY

– Band name stylized in ALL CAPS – thanks :)

– Discography: British Brains (EP/2010), Locrian Singles (double A-side/2011), Russian Blood (EP/2012)

– RIBS is a 2-piece that plays as a 4-piece live (as of 2013)

– Working on a new release (as of 2015)

– RIBS has supported: Queens of the Stone Age, The Joy Formidable (toured US/Canada), Swervedriver, The Soft Moon, White Rabbits

British Brains was Reddit’s top voted music post of all time during its month of release. (link)

British Brains track “Silencer” featured in MTV’s Teen Mom 2.

British Brains track “Queen of Hearts” featured in psychological thriller Something Wicked starring the late Brittany Murphy.

– Won Boston Music Award for “Rock Artist of the Year” (link)

Russian Blood track “Alarms” added to sub-power rotation at WFNX 101.7 Boston (first US station to play Nirvana, The Killers, Foster The People, Florence and the Machine).

British Brains was Bandcamp’s #1 rock release (week of release)

Russian Blood was Bandcamp’s #3 release (week of release) (video)

– HOSTING MP3s FOR DOWNLOAD: feel free to host either “Alarms,” “Even,” or “Please Don’t Go” (contact us about different songs or hosting more than one). For embeddable streaming widgets, go here.

BAND MEMBERS

Current:
Keith Freund (Vocals, Guitar, Bass)
Chris Oquist (Drums)

Former:
Justin Tolan (Guitar)
Blake Fusilier (Bass, Vocals)

Never:
Keith Freund (Same name, totally different guy; has a solo album named Constant Comments and a member of a group called Trouble Books)

BIO

RIBS is what happens when two people try to make a bedroom sound like a stadium.

The Boston band, dubbed “Rock’s great new hope” by the Boston Phoenix and compared to Muse, Deftones, and Queens of the Stone Age, released their second EP, Russian Blood, in 2012. Several months later they would go on to win “Rock Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards, have their song “Silencer” in MTV’s Teen Mom 2, tour with The Joy Formidable across the US and Canada, and open for Queens of the Stone Age.

Self-managed, self-booked, self-produced, and self-released, the band has nonetheless managed to ignite the kind of local momentum usually bestowed upon more veteran acts: WFNX 101.7 – the first station to have played Nirvana, Foster the People, and The Killers – added the Russian Blood track “Alarms” to regular rotation after declaring “‘Alarms’ may be the best song to come out of Boston in 2012.”

The Boston Globe, previewing the EP in a two-page spread feature, observed “There are cement-grinding atmospherics out of Trent Reznor’s playbook and canyon banshee wails echoed from long-lost U2 anthems. ‘Russian Blood’ is thoroughly DIY … but it carries itself like a really big deal.” The EP, recorded in the band’s Boston practice space and mixed in singer Keith Freund’s bedroom, doesn’t shy away from its origins – listen closely to the final track “Destructo” and you can hear car horns and sirens from fire trucks passing by Freund’s second-floor apartment windows where the vocals were recorded.

After a posting of RIBS’ first release, 2010’s British Brains, received seven-hundred comments in two days on Reddit, the EP became the top-selling release of the week on Bandcamp.

RELEASE INFO – RUSSIAN BLOOD (2012)

– Released May 29th, 2012
– For press copy, contact mgmt@ribstheband.com
– 7 song EP
– Available digitally on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Bandcamp. Physical copies available directly from the band and at Newbury Comics retail locations (New England).
-“Alarms” in sub-power rotation at WFNX 101.7 Boston (first US station to play Nirvana, The Killers, Foster The People, and Florence and the Machine).
– Listen closely to “Destructo” and you can hear car horns and sirens from fire trucks passing by Keith Freund’s second-floor apartment in Boston’s Allston neighborhood, where the vocals for the album were recorded.
– No synths or keyboards were used in the recording of Russian Blood. All synth-like sounds were created using layered instruments (bass, guitar, vocals) in combination with distortion, delay, reverb, and other effects.
– Self-produced and mixed by Keith Freund.

RELEASE INFO – LOCRIAN SINGLES (2011)

– Released: January 25th, 2011
– 2-song double A-side
– Tracklist: “Please Don’t Go,” “Cosmos”
– Digital-only release
– Free via Bandcamp (link) – available on iTunes etc. as well
– Self-produced and mixed by Keith Freund
– No synths used

RELEASE INFO – BRITISH BRAINS (2010)

– Released: June 8, 2010
– Self-produced and mixed by Keith Freund. Drums and addt’l guitars were recorded by Alex Prieto.
– 5-song EP
– Full stream on Bandcamp: http://hear.ribstheband.com/album/british-brains
– “Silencer” featured in MTV’s Teen Mom 2
– “Queen of Hearts” featured in upcoming psychological thriller starring the late Brittany Murphy.
– Available digitally through iTunes and Amazon MP3
– Physical copies available through BigCartel
– Reddit’s top voted music post of all time (month of release)
– Bandcamp’s #1 rock album (week of release)
– No synths used

LINKS

Official site – http://ribstheband.com
Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/ribstheband/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ribstheband/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/ribstheband
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/ribstheband
Mailing List – http://ribstheband.com/alerts
iTunes – http://ribstheband.com/itunes
Amazon (MP3s) – http://ribstheband.com/amazon
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/ribstheband
Bandcamp – http://hear.ribstheband.com

EMBEDDABLE ALBUM & SONG WIDGETS

 

– “Even” Bandcamp | Soundcloud | YouTube

 

– “Queen Of Hearts” Bandcamp | Soundcloud | YouTube

– MP3s FOR FREE DOWNLOAD: feel free to host “Even” (email us if you’d like to host a different song).

NEWS & SITE POSTS – SORTED BY CATEGORY

Press

Shows / Tour
Photos
Video
Behind The Scenes
Merch
Thoughts

British Brains (2010)
Locrian Singles (2011)
Russian Blood (2012)

PRESS QUOTES (**SPOILERS**)

“Rock’s great new hope.”
The Boston Phoenix

“Modern rock radio for non-douchebags.”
Bullett Magazine

“There are cement-grinding atmospherics out of Trent Reznor’s playbook and canyon banshee wails echoed from long-lost U2 anthems. ‘Russian Blood’ is thoroughly DIY—mixed at [Keith] Freund’s apartment, recorded in their practice space—but it carries itself like a really big deal.”
The Boston Globe

“An atmospheric quality and intensity similar to Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, or Muse. Without being pretentious, the band manages to write gorgeously moody rock that’s straight forward, pure, and will have you listening on repeat.”
Exploding In Sound

RADIO PLAY

– JUNE 2012: “Alarms” enters sub-power rotation at WFNX 101.7 Boston (first US station to play Nirvana, The Killers, Foster The People, and Florence and the Machine)
US stations: WFNX 101.7 (Boston), WZLX 100.7 (Boston), WMBR 88.1 (MIT-Boston), WSUM 91.7 (Madison, WI)
Canadian Stations: 102.1 The Edge (Toronto), 99.3 The Fox (Vancouver), Live 88.5 (Ottawa), x92.9 (Calgary), Y108 (Hamilton), FM96 (London), Power 97 (Winnipeg), Sonic 102.9 (Edmonton), The Wolf 101.5 (Peterborough)
– Appeared for interview and “My Song Is Better Than Your Song” on WFNX 101.7’s Morning Show with Fletcher and Henry Santoro 7/14/11
– WFNX DJ Fletcher and Boston Phoenix music editor Michael Marotta talking RIBS on the Morning Show (5/2/11):