Orlando Sentinel Review
"Rug hits right notes on new CD" - Jim Abbott, SOUNDBOARD
Review of the "02" CD Release Show
by Kat Coffin, Live Orlando Local Music Review
By the time RUG hit the stage, the venue was packed. The four piece local Orlando band, Jonathan Messeroff (vocals, guitar), Hogan Birney (vocals, bass), Andrew Brooks (guitar) and C.L. Freeman (drums), played their new release "02" in its entirety, in order. The skillfully crafted songs sounded as terrific live as they do on the CD (see Examiner.com review here). The rich, warm musical tones and Messeroff's smooth, melodic lead vocal easily soared in the live setting.
There's not much "flash" at a RUG show, unless you spend the majority of the show watching Freeman on drums. The man knows when to lie back, relax and bring out the charm and big smiles and when to bring it with a bombastic drumming sequence, regularly tossing out shredded sticks without missing a beat.
After the last strains of "Come and Go" the band were refused passage off the stage for an audience demanded encore. They picked up their instruments and gave the crowd one last song, "Savior" from their 2010 EP "This Town Is Crowded."
The note they left on their merch table said it all "Went to rock the house. Be back soon."
For those not lucky enough to have been at the show to get a copy of the new CD, "02" is available on iTunes