Brothers Nicholas and Lucas James may have had a wholesome upbringing—home school, Quaker school, Connecticut suburbs—but they didn’t let that corrupt their rock and roll souls. The brothers stood by their “hot sauce-lovin’, God-fearin’, skinny jeans-wearin’” values, joining up with likeminded brethren Kevin Clymer and Dean Miller to form Ula Ruth in 2011. Their rock is steeped in distortion, with banged up and bruised grooves. Exhibit A: “Empty,” a stylish and subversive rocker with zig-zagging guitars engulfed in feedback. Exhibit B: “Call To The Lonely,” where handclaps, reverb riffs, guttural bass lines and throaty hollers combine for the New England version of Kings of Leon. “I always open my mouth instead of walking away,” Nick laments. Be glad he does—Ula Ruth’s rebel yell is worth the listen.