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Ruler

"Winning Star Champion" online stream + Ruler performances

Winning Star Champion, the debut album from rising Seattle artist Ruler, is now streaming in its entirety at Seattle Weekly; listen here. Ruler is the project of Seattle-based singer and songwriter Matt Batey (best known for his work with Rocky Votolato and Cataldo). The band is set to tour throughout the Pacific Northwest this summer, including performances at the Upstream Festival in Seattle June 1 and at the TIMBER! Summer Music Festival in Carnation, WA July 12-14. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly. 22 May 2018

Magnet premieres Ruler's "Get To You" video

Magnet Magazine premiered the video for "Get To You" today on magnetmagazine.com. Says Batey of the song, "'Get To You' is about feeling unable to connect with others, even when they are doing everything they can to get through. I think a lot of people can relate to feeling alone in a room full of people." The Dan Fromhart-directed video reinforces that feeling of isolation we all sometimes have even when surrounded by others.

Check out the clip for "Get To You," and catch Ruler at Seattle's Upstream Festival in June and Carnation, Wash.'s TIMBER! Summer Music Festival in July. In the meantime, you can preorder Winning Star Champion here. 16 May 2018

Brooklyn Vegan premieres Ruler's "Unhindered Pace" video

Brooklyn Vegan is premiering the video for "Unhindered Pace," the latest track from rising Seattle artist Ruler's forthcoming debut album, Winning Star Champion. Watch the video here.

The video came about as Ruler songwriter and frontman Matt Batey spent months confronting his agoraphobia by forcing himself out of his apartment and onto the vertiginous span of Seattle's Aurora Bridge, where much of the video was shot. The point was to face his fear in order to overcome it, a grueling process he describes in "Unhindered Pace," singing, "I walk an unhindered pace, through the dark and dingy places/All just to see a hopeless sight, and keep a smile on my face."

Ruler is set to perform at the upcoming Upstream Festival in Seattle June 1-3, and at the TIMBER! Summer Music Festival in Carnation, WA July 12-14. Additional tour dates to be announced shortly. 18 Apr 2018

Ruler's "Cars And Houses" premieres at Gold Flake Paint

Ruler — the project of Seattle-based singer and songwriter Matt Batey — is celebrating the upcoming release of their debut full-length album Winning Star Champion with the premiere of the single "Cars and Houses" at Gold Flake Paint. Gold Flake Paint hails the track as "an evocative undertaking, the layered instrumentation sitting as a subtle but intriguing backdrop for Batey's considered vocal take, which itself has the ability to carve out varying atmospheric shapes in spite of the overall playfulness of the composition."

Winning Star Champion is due May 25. Pre-order the album and shirt here. The band is also set to perform at the upcoming Upstream Festival in Seattle June 1-3 — additional tour dates to be announced shortly. 28 Mar 2018

Billboard premieres Ruler single "Petrified"

Winning Star Champion, the debut full-length album from Ruler — the project of Seattle-based musician Matt Batey — is due May 25. In celebration of the forthcoming release, Billboard has premiered the album's first single, "Petrified".

Batey explains to Billboard that "Petrified" is "a song about being afraid of the future... I've struggled with anxiety my whole life, and I was feeling especially afraid and anxious about what the future holds." He goes on, "I don't think I'm super old or anything, but a lot of people around me in my life are kind of quitting music and making families and doing other stuff. So choosing to continue to play music at this point is another level of deliberately choosing to do this." 22 Feb 2018

Ruler's "Not Your Friend" video premieres today

Ruler, the project of Seattle-based musician Matt Batey, is premiering the new single "Not Your Friend" alongside the track's video at Under the Radar. Watch/share the video here. 06 Feb 2018

Ruler signs with Barsuk, premieres “Easy Life” video

Barsuk Records is super excited to welcome Ruler to the roster. The project of Seattle-based musician Matt Batey (best known for his work with Cataldo and Rocky Votolato), today Ruler premiered the new single "Easy Life" along with the track's music video at PopMatters. Watch/share the video here.

The band also recently released the single "Complicated Mind," with KEXP noting that "with Ruler's latest single... we can now pore over just how expertly crafted Batey's songwriting really is." KEXP goes on to hail Ruler's "totally life-affirming live shows." Listen to "Complicated Mind" here. 30 Nov 2017