Singer-guitarist Zack Lopez and singer-drummer Sean Stockham had already been in another band by the time they formed the duo Middle Class Rut in 2006. They toured extensively, winning over fans with their high-octane live shows, and released several EPs before their debut full-length, No Name No Color (stream it below), arrived in 2010. Drowned in Sound called it an “impressive debut” and compared the band to Rage Against the Machine, Perry Farrell and Beastie Boys. On their follow-up, last year’s Pick Up Your Head (stream it below), the guys in Middle Class Rut (above, performing “No More” for Audio Tree TV) open up sonically and play more instruments than on their first album. “Although fans of the duo’s previous effort might need to adjust to the new tone,” said AllMusic, “one they get settled into this newer, more driven sound, they won’t want to turn back.” See them play The Bowery Ballroom tonight.