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THE SH-BOOMS Bassist Al Ruiz Is On A Roll With Successful Asian-Inspired Food Truck ‘Sushi & Seoul’

THE SH-BOOMS Bassist Al Ruiz


THE SH-BOOMS Bassist Al Ruiz Is On A Roll With Successful Asian-Inspired Food Truck ‘Sushi & Seoul’

Band’s Acclaimed Debut LP ‘The Blurred Odyssey’ Out Now

Stream The Sh-Booms’ ‘The Blurred Odyssey’ Here

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Al Ruiz, bassist/songwriter of Orlando, FL-based garage-soul outfit The Sh-Booms may spend his nights rocking out with his highly buzzed about band, but since 2013, he’s spent his day running his own successful and award-winning food truck, Sushi & Seoul On The Roll. The truck, which serves innovative sushi & inspired street fare, has been featured on Food Network (which has also featured one of his recipes), The Cooking Channel and in USA Today, Orlando Sentinel and many other media outlets. Sushi & Seoul On The Roll was also picked as a top 10 street vendor to participate in a Food Truck tour of the United Arab Emirates in February 2017.

When asked about the success he’s had with Sushi & Seoul On The Roll he says, “Fans, friends and family are the reason for any success I’ve had. I work hard to bring my version of sushi and Asian street fare to the streets in the least bougie kind of way.”

While Ruiz’s day gig has him driving the streets of Orlando feeding rabid fans of his unique creations, he and his bandmates in The Sh-booms are also on on a roll, racking up acclaim for their just-released new LP ‘The Blurred Odyssey’.

The band’s latest single “Leon The Hustler” is in heavy rotation on Little Steven’s Underground Garage and Steven Van Zandt himself recently declared it “The Coolest Song In the World.”

Additionally, Kate Pierson of legendary band The B-52’s was such a fan of the band after hearing them on NPR that she personally requested that they open for them on a recent tour, calling their music “…soulful and bluesy and all the things you would want in this sometimes humdrum world of modern music.”

The Sh-Booms have also shared stages with acts such as The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and many others.

Check out the video for The Sh-booms “Leon The Hustler” here:

A video for another track “Audible” is also streaming here:

In describing The Sh-Booms’ sound, Ruiz says, “We have punk underneath our skin and all of this music comes from our soul. When I go to a show I want to be stimulated with my ears and my eyes, and the vibe. … It’s not about playing the right notes at the right time, it’s about what you’re feeling. That’s my definition of ‘soul’ music.”

Catch The Sh-Booms on ‘The Blurred Odyssey Tour’. See dates below.


The Sh-Booms 1 Photo by James Hand

Photo: James Hand



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• First LP Pressing Limited to 350 Copies on 180g Vinyl

• Gatefold Jacket with Matte Finish

• Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd

• Lacquer cut by Stanley P. Getz II

• Pressed at SunPress Vinyl

About The Sh-booms:

Since their 2011 inception, The Sh-Booms have become kind of a thing in their native scene and beyond. Besides perennial winners of “Best Soul Act” in the Orlando Weekly’s big annual ‘Best of Orlando’ issue, they’ve been tapped to share the stage with national names like The Roots, Of Montreal, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, Jacuzzi Boys, Budos Band, Big Freedia, Lee Fields, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and The B-52’s (whom the band toured with in 2017 and 2018). They’ve been featured on NPR, their music has made it on TV (CW’s Supergirl) and they’ve played Austin City Limits, Okeechobee Music Festival, SunFest and Gasparilla Music Festivals.

Since powerhouse singer Brenda Radney joined in 2015, the band’s course has been locked, their date with destiny set. She was signed to Justin Timberlake’s Tennman label, even appearing on his album, The 20/20 Experience, Pt. 2. But after clicking with band leader Al Ruiz while recording separately in the same studio, she jumped aboard The Sh-Booms to turn this train into a true locomotive. After the release of their 2016 Usage Fee EP and a countless number of shows in the Southeast, the 10 songs along The Blurred Odyssey were produced by Grammy-nominated Alan Armitage (AA Villain) over an 18-month span that cemented the band as a tight-knit unit. That chemistry achieved is where The Sh-Booms are now, and The Blurred Odyssey is their testament.

There’s this dynamic that churns hard in The Blurred Odyssey. The music pumps with the hot, red blood of life irrepressible. But there’s a cloud on the horizon, the doomed sense of life’s finitude, that fueled these songs. Rather than dead-end nihilism, though, it’s resulted in the kind of urgent, creative friction that Hunter S. Thompson could get down with. In making this album, The Sh-Booms have dug through the blur of life, swam through a sea of booze, to find love and truth in the shadow of the void.

Although a soul band through and through, the grease and bite they’ve been picking up in the years leading up to this big step out have been forged in the bad company of punk and garage bands. From that underground now rises a new hurricane of big orchestration, maximum stomp and fresh intent. It’s a little ache and a lot of party all wrapped up in a wrecking ball.

The seas are stirrin’……A storm’s a-brewin’

The Sh-Booms

The Blurred Odyssey Tour

3/29/2019 – Las Rosas – Miami, FL – FREE SHOW

3/30/2019 – Jackrabbit’s – Jacksonville, FL w/Hurricane Party

4/19/2019 – The Merry Widow – Mobile, AL

4/20/2019 – The Wilbury – Tallahassee, FL

5/16/2019 – The Saturn – Birmingham, AL – FREE SHOW

5/17/2019 – JJ’s Bohemia – Chattanooga, TN

5/18/2019 – The Basement – Nashville, TN

5/19/2019 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO

5/20/2019 – Bokeh Lounge – Evansville, IN

5/21/2019 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL

5/22/2019 – Deluxx Fluxx – Detroit, MI

5/23/2019 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH

5/24/2019 – Chameleon Club (Lizard Lounge) – Lancaster, PA

5/25/2019 – Higher Ground (Showcase Lounge) – Burlington, VA

5/27/2019 – The Middle East (Upstairs) – Cambridge, MA w/Degreaser

5/28/2019 – The Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY w/Degreaser

5/29/2019 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA w/Degreaser

5/30/2019 – Richmond Music Hall at Capital Ale House) – Richmond, VA

5/31/2019 – Cat’s Cradle (Back Room) – Carrboro, NC

6/1/2019 – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA


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The Blurred Odyssey- Tracklisting:

1. Amidst Chaos

2. Detox to Retox

3. Leon The Hustler

4. Audible

5. Late Night Lover

6. Dry Eyes

7. Walk it Off

8. King & Queen

9. Drop ’em Dead

10. The Final Sleep

Produced, Mixed and Edited by Alan Armitage (Boyz II Men, Ginuwine)

Co-Produced and Recorded by Simon Palombi and The Sh-Booms

Mastered by Dan Coutant (A Giant Dog, Jawbox, Denney and The Jets)

Artwork by Mary Frances Dodd

What others are saying about The Sh-booms:

“…one is struck by its powerful edge, the collectives ability to slam as hard as Black Sabbath and soul predecessors War while retaining the finesse of contemporary acts such as Budos Band. But whereas many bands of this ilk attempt to recapture a past, real or imagined, the Sh-Booms are speaking powerfully and potently about the now; this take on reality 2019 proves as hard-hitting and frenetic as Adrian Belew’s street poetry with Discipline-era King Crimson or the earliest, unpolished hip-hop. All without losing a sense of hook and groove. This isn’t someone’s idea of what soul should be, this is the soul of a new era.”- PopMatters

“People want to slap a “soul” label on the Sh-Booms, but anyone who’s seen them drench the stage in whiskey and sweat can attest to the fact that their blood is pumping with so much more than that.”- Orlando Weekly

“The first track from the album, “Audible,” is a throwback that features big, brassy horns blasting out a mournful melody while Radney spreads her sweet, syrupy vocals over the top. With echoes of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Amy Winehouse, and Alabama Shakes, The Sh-Booms’ down-home rock and soul is a most welcome sound in these turbulent times. ” – FLOOD Magazine

“The Coolest Song In The World”- The Underground Garage

“The horn-heavy Orlando, Florida-based group hammers out a big-eared sonic footprint that embraces a window-rattling fusion of punk, garage, and soul.”- No Depression

“…low, sensual R&B mixed with eerie, twangy guitar and a heck of a vocalist…” oozes with atmosphere…”- Gainesville Sun

“The Sh-Booms, with singer Brenda Radney front and center, will blow your mind with their nine-player rock and soul revue.”- Pure Honey

“Their hard work and greasy shine have been gathering national notice for a little while now…”- Orlando Weekly

“The Sh-Booms top the sound barrier with sensual R&B…”- Florida Times Union

“The Sh-Booms Bring New Life to ’60s Soul”- New Times

“After Leaving Justin Timberlake’s Label, A Garage-Soul Singer Forges Her Own Path”- NPR Weekend Edition


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