Middle Class Rut have released "Aunt Betty," the darkly funny Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque companion video to their new single. The clip, which premiered on Loudwire, marks the band's third collaboration with director Lance Drake, who describes "Aunt Betty" as "the band's most insane video to date, starring drummer Sean Stockham in an Oscar-worthy performance as Aunt Betty. It's equally hilarious and unsettling."

"Aunt Betty" is the first track off the band's highly anticipated album PICK UP YOUR HEAD (Bright Antenna Records), in stores June 25th and available for pre-order on iTunes.  USA Today recently dubbed "Aunt Betty" "Song of the Week," hailing the track as a "full-on headbanger, piling massive amounts of distortion over a thunderous beat."

Middle Class Rut (vocalist/guitarist Zack Lopez and vocalist/drummer Sean Stockham) will be performing "Aunt Betty" and previewing additional tracks from the album during their upcoming tour, which kicks off May 3 at Pub Rock in Scottsdale, AZ. On August 9th, MCR will join Alice In Chains and Jane's Addiction on this year's much-buzzed-about Uproar tour, which runs till mid-September (see itinerary below). The new live show will see the band amplifying its sound by adding a bassist, guitarist and percussionist. Explains Zack, "We were talking about our touring and figuring out how to play the new songs live and realized we had two choices: either we play to a laptop loaded with tracks, which would be lame, or we bring in some guys to fill out the sound, which seemed cooler. Sean was a little reluctant at first, which then made me reluctant, but we agreed to at least try it. We road-tested it last month at SXSW and it feels good."

Produced by the band and mixed by Grammy winning producer Dave Sardy (Johnny Cash, LCD Soundsystem, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds), PICK UP YOUR HEAD is the follow-up to 2010's No Name No Color, which featured the hit single "New Low," a top five hit at alternative radio, and whose video (http://bit.ly/Ketxkv) amassed more than 4.3 million YouTube views.

The Sacramento, CA-based MCR toured endlessly in support, sharing stages with Muse, Social Distortion, Them Crooked Vultures, Alice In Chains, 30 Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park, while drawing rave reviews from the likes of NME, the BBC, Alternative Press and Kerrang, among many others.

The band is raising the bar with PICK UP YOUR HEAD, an album Lopez says is "an evolution of a lot of ideas we had as the writing for No Name No Color was winding down. I think we exhausted what we could do in the confines of just drums/guitars/vocals. Once we embraced the idea that anything goes, the songs poured out."

Stockham and Lopez have been playing together since they were teens posting up in Zack's mom's house in  Sacramento  writing and recording. Prior to the release of No Name No Color, the duo released three EPs, and in mid-2011, put out "Hurricane," a 10-inch vinyl release featuring the band's resplendent cover of Bob Dylan's "Hurricane" with exclusive acoustic live versions of "New Low" and "Dead Set" (recorded at Maida Vale Studios and XFM Studios respectively) as b-sides.
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