Ruiner released their second Bridge Nine full-length, Hell Is Empty, this past fall. In support of the album, Ruiner spent the latter part of 2009 on tour with label-mates Strike Anywhere, Polar Bear Club, and Crime In Stereo on the Bridge Nine Records Tour before crossing the pond for a headlining European jaunt. Now, the band is excited to announce tour dates in 2010 – which will see the band touring across North America, Asia, Australia, Canada and eventually Europe.

Formed five years ago in Baltimore, MD, Ruiner came from humble beginnings. The band got together and released their first demo in ’04 and went on to release two more EP’s and toured the East Coast and Midwest several times over. Ruiner played over 200 shows in their first year and half in existence and in their second year, the band headed to Europe for 31 shows in 10 different countries. Their hard work paid off as Bridge Nine Records took notice and released their critically acclaimed full-length debut Prepare To Be Let Down in 2007. Fast forward to 2009 as Ruiner took a much needed break from their time on the road and holed themselves up back in Baltimore to work on writing their new album. “We took a pretty long time writing this LP. The idea was to stay home and not be distracted with being on the road. I think for the most part we were able to do that”, commented Sullivan. The band, currently comprised of Rob Sullivan (vocals), Stephen Smeal (bass), Danny Porter (guitar), Dustin Thornton (guitar), and TJ Catalfo (drums, while Joey Edwards played drums on the recording), headed to the studio in July with acclaimed producer J. Robbins (Jets to Brazil, Against Me!, Modern Life Is War) and laid down the tracks for what would become Hell Is Empty. Sullivan went on to say, “This was the second time we had worked with J Robbins so we already had a rough idea what it would be like. He is very professional but still wants you to sound like your band, which is much different than some of our past recording ventures. Usually ‘producers’ want things to have their personal sound to it. J focuses on you sounding more like you.” Hell Is Empty was released on September 22nd 2009 and was called “the best record of the band’s career” by ScenePointBlank and for “some of the angriest and aggressive punk of our time” by the Georgetown Voice.

Here are the dates that are confirmed thus far – please get in touch ASAP to set up an interview with Ruiner or to request tickets to an upcoming show!

3/12 Nitro WV @ The Brick House
3/13 Johnson City TN @ The Hideaway
3/14 Whitesburg KY @ Cowan Community Center
3/15 Kokomo IN @ Celebrations at Sycamore Sports
3/16 Peoria IL @ TBA
3/17 Waterloo IA @ Amvets Post 19
3/18 Columbia MO@ Orr St. Studios
3/19 Oklahoma City OK @ McSalty’s Pizza and Venue
3/21 El Paso TX @ The Naylair
3/22 Tuscon AZ @ The Living Room
3/23 Flagstaff AZ @ The Joint
3/24 Las Vegas NV @ Eastside Joes
3/25 Tijuana MX @ 1979 Bar
3/26 Riverside CA @ Pharaohs Den w/ Xibalba
3/27 Inglewood CA @ Hyde Park Half w/ Xibalba
3/28 Fresno CA @ CYC w/ Xibalba
3/29 Reno NV @ Fort Ryland w/ Xibalba
3/30 San Francisco CA @ Sub-mission Art Space
4/2 Shanghai, China @ Yu Yin Tang
4/3 Beijing, China @ MAO Livehouse
4/4 Hong Kong @ Warehouse
4/5 Manila, Philippines @ TBA
4/6 Bangkok, Thailand @ Overtone
4/7 Bandung, Indonesia @ TBA
4/8 Jogja, Indonesia @ TBA
4/9 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (Borneo) @ TBA
4/10 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @ Number One Cafe
4/11 Singapore @ TBA

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