June 24, 2013 12:30

The Ruen Brothers play Jack Daniel's JD Roots Homecoming show

The band perform a triumphant gig at the Priory Hotel in their native Scunthorpe

The Ruen Brothers play Jack Daniel's JD Roots Homecoming show

Photo: Tom Martin/NME

The Ruen Brothers have played a triumphant gig at the Priory Hotel in their native Scunthorpe (21 June), providing the grand finale to the Jack Daniel's JD Roots series of homecoming shows.

The Brothers (siblings Rupert and Henry Stansall, 22 and 23 respectively) returned to the scene of some of their earliest successes, where they cut their teeth playing in covers bands performing 60s rock 'n' roll classics. They received a rapturous response to big recent singles 'Aces' and 'Walk Like A Man', both independently released and subsequently identified for greatness by the likes of Kasabian's Tom Meighan and BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.

The band, bolstered live by Gary Cleaver on bass and percussionist Charlie Hart (celebrating his 19th birthday tonight) ended their set with a take on blues standard 'Got My Mojo Working'.

Support on the evening came from upcoming Grimsby act Ming City Rockers.

This series of gigs created by Jack Daniel's previously saw Maximo Park, Miles Kane, The Family Rain and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs perform at small venues in the towns that first set them on their paths to stardom.

The Ruen Brothers played:

'Lonely Weekends'
'Walk Like A Man'
'What's Going On?'
'Letters'
'Hold Me Tight'
'Crying Wolf'
'Sunny Side Of Town'
'Blood Runs Wild'
'Aces'
'Got My Mojo Working'


Southampton Joiners has already been announced as Britain's Best Small Venue by NME in association with Jack Daniels' JD Roots. To celebrate, local hero Frank Turner will headline Southampton Joiners for a special one-off show tonight (24 June).

Head to nme.com/smallvenues to see the all the pictures, exclusive tracks and interviews with Frank Turner.

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