While you were home popping zits, collecting baseball cards, and/or straining your hands playing X-Box, Zack Lopez and Sean Stockham were setting off to become rock stars. The pair, who make up the raw rock act Middle Class Rut, have known each other since puberty and spent their teen years forging their music style in Lopez’s mom’s house. That hard work paid off — albeit not right away.
The California duo’s first band, Leisure, fell apart in 2003 and led Lopez to work construction and Stockham to become a studio runner in LA. Day jobs matched with the failure of their first band gave them the fuel they needed to start up a new act and over the course of four years, they put together tracks that would ultimately be placed on Rut’s debut album No Name No Color.