"Outside of the Real Kids and Dogmatics, it does not get any more "Boston" than Classic Ruins! And Forget About It is vintage Classic Ruins." - Lord Rutledge
"Forget About It is a whirlwind of classic, dirty rock with the average song hovering around the two-minute mark, and a much-much needed revisit of the band’s tight garage punk rock rhythm section punctuated with Frank Rowe’s distinctively nonchalant, but cool-as-fuck vocals." - John B. Moore, New Noise Magazine
"Something with the urgency of a good Ramones record and the sly humor of The Beat Farmers. Classic Ruins are my newest favorite and their latest, Forget About It, is nothing short of a musical Molotov cocktail." - Richard Rossi, Power Pop News
"This is Classic Ruins doing what Classic Ruins have always done so well: dishing out rockin', hook-laden tunes that worship at the altar of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, and everything in between." - Faster And Louder
The Classic Ruins have delivered their new Album right on schedule: They never fail to come up with a classic every three decades. If you’ve long worn out your copies of Lassie Eats Chickens and Ruins Cafe, the new stuff is finally here-- but even if you don’t know or care about Boston rock history, you’ll know a great tune when you hear one. And here you’ve got a handful of new tunes, all with mile-wide hooks and frontman Frank Rowe’s sly wit, all ready to join “Geraldine” and “I Can’t Spell Romance” on the list of greatest hits. Rounding out the EP are a few odds ‘n sods from recent years, including their dry-humored Christmas song from a few years back. Plus a trio of surf-rockin’ instrumentals that evince Rowe’s and Carl Biancucci’s unshakeable guitar/bass chemistry. And finally a manic 80-second cover of “Lights Out,” a rockabilly gem written by Mac Rebennack before he was Dr. John. It’s been a tough year for those of us who love our rock’n’roll, but if you expected the Classic Ruins to shut up or back down...Well, forget about it! - Brett Milano
"It hurts that this album took so long to get recorded. Boston locals know some of this from the live shows, out of towners welcome to our world. The Classic Ruins started in the punk era of the last seventies and they still have what they had then, which is a dynamite rhythm section, songs your remember, a punk ethos to everything they do and Frank Rowe’s nasal toned guitar hitting the zingers. It’s all very 1978 Boston and 2020 Boston rock." - Paul Blowfish, Boston Groupie News
"You better cut it out, everything you send rocks…you give me no choice but to play this in Feb as well." - Genya Ravan
"Awesome pedigree." - Bill Kelly's Blackhole Bandstand
"I'm so happy to see the song "Forget About It" finally get out there for the whole world to enjoy. It only took 8 years!" - Legendary Boston DJ Joanie Lindstrom, The Late Risers Club WMBR
"I have seen the Ruins perform more times than any other band by far and I love them every time." - Boston Groupie News
Ever wonder what your local “bar band” would sound like if they acknowledged the likes of The Replacements and Ramones, just as much, if not more so than your typical beer-breath blues rock? Boston’s long-running Classic Ruins just might be a relatively close answer to such a quandary.
"Our style is what I guess you'd call garage rock, or something," says Frank Rowe, guitarist, songwriter, artist, father of two, and long-time frontman for Boston's Classic Ruins.
Known for quick-paced, punchy songs packed with hooks, raunchy guitar work, deadpan vocals - and a sardonic, low-brow sense of humor - the Ruins were regulars on the Boston club circuit for several years before the release of their 1986 debut, 'Lassie Eats Chickens', and follow up 'Ruin's Cafe'.
Today, the band returns from the junkyard and garage with their brand new release FORGET ABOUT IT.
released December 11, 2020
Frank Rowe - vocals and guitar
Carl Biancucci - bass guitar
Jeff Crane - guitar and vocals
Joe Sheehan - drums
Produced by Ed Valauskas
Recorded at the legendary Q Division Studios, Somerville MA
Forget About It (Borgioli) So What/Vang Music • Little OCD (Frank Rowe)
Dismal Dirges • Please Please Me (Lennon-McCartney) MFL Communications Inc, Downtown,
DMP Songs OBO, Lenono Music • Cheap Champagne (Jeff Crane) Incorrect Music, BMI
Rawhide (Wray-Grant), Della Blue Music LLC OBO, Andval Music, Estate of Vernon A. Wray Sr.
Lights Out (Rebennack-Seth) Sony/ATV Songs • Scrooge's Body Shop (Frank Rowe) Dismal
Dirges • Theo's El Camino (Charlie Chesterman) MG Bumblebee OBO, Big Sloppy Kiss Music
Bad Boy (Williams) Larina William d/b/a, Larina Music, Arc/Conrad OBO, Arc Music
CD photography and design: Kathy Chapman • Scratchboard illustration: Frank Rowe
Photos clockwise: Carl Biancucci, Frank Rowe, Jeff Crane, Joe Sheehan
Rum Bar Records is turning into one of the absolute best labels for real rock and roll these days, if you haven't gotten hip to that trip. It's the boss sound from the Boss-town." - Bill Kelly, Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland WFMU