is a four-piece Christian indie band from Battle Ground, Washington. Ruth's debut album, Secondhand Dreaming
, was released June 26, 2007.FormationDustin Ruth moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of finding band members to join him to form a band. After searching for some time, he finally found a group of people in his hometown of Portland, Oregon that also wanted to form a band. The band's name "Ruth" is a reference to the lead singer's last name, and is also an acronym for "Return Us to Him".In early 2006, they released a self-titled EP and promoted their music by playing concerts along the West Coast of the United States. They were signed on by Tooth & Nail Records in fall 2006, and began recording their full-length debut album.
In November 2006, they finished recording their debut album, Secondhand Dreaming
, with producer Aaron Sprinkle. It was subsequently released on June 26, 2007, and Ruth supported the album while on tour with label mates Emery and Surrogate. In late 2007, Ruth embarked on the "Appetite for Construction Tour" with Switchfoot and Relient K, a tour which supported the charity Habitat For Humanity.
Following the release of Secondhand Dreaming
, the band began recording their second album Anorak
in early 2008. They worked with Chris Keene of Surrogate as the album's producer, as well as Aaron Sprinkle again. The recording was completed in May 2008, and the album was released on October 28, 2008 in the United States.
The Covers EP
In April 2009, Ruth toured with Falling Up on their Fangs! tour.On August 25, 2009, Ruth digitally released a five-song EP covering artists such as Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Buddy Holly, Mr. Big, and the Everly Brothers. The first song to be released was the cover of Coldplay's "Fix You".As of January 13, 2010, Ruth was no longer signed to Tooth & Nail. The band is still active, but is currently independent.
In November 2011, they released a video of one of the songs, "Life is Just a Dream," off of Payola
.Ruth released a new album entitled Payola
on March 6, 2012. The album was released in partnership with MTV.