THE RUSE came together in the spring of 2003 in New York City when three long-time friends - singer John Dauer, guitarist Jim Bilus and drummer Jason Young - formed the band with Atlanta bassist Mark Stolze. By the end of 2003 the Ruse had been playing New York City's hottest music clubs and boasted a devoted following of fans.
After building a fan base in New York, DC and Atlanta, The Ruse released its emotional debut album "INVASION" in Feb 2005. After a CD release party in NYC, the band left on a cross-country tour and relocated to Los Angeles.
The band spent most of 2005 building a fan base in Southern California and recording their next CD. In September they completed a successful national tour and are currently looking forward to finishing the new CD and releasing it early next year.
Front man John Dauer is known for his soulful voice and crystal tone. Dauer's ability to exude emotive intensity through high octave, broad ranging power and haunting lyrical compositions are truly the gifts of only a few.
Guitarist Jim Bilus is The Ruse's primary songwriter and composer. Bilus is a gifted writer blessed with a natural musical ability. Jim layers the Ruse's music with powerful melodic riffs featuring subtle but prominent effect driven tones.
Bassist Mark Stolze plays an integral part of the band, assisting in the writing and production of songs, as well as assuming the role of primary booking contact. Mark is affectionately known as "the general" for his devotion to keeping the band on a rigorous schedule.
Jason Young kicks the groove behind the drums, bringing his love for a wide variety of musical styles to the Ruse's musical arsenal. Jason also doubles as the band's in-house producer and engineer. With his laid back and playful personality, Jason has become the solid backbone of the Ruse.
The music of THE RUSE transcends boundaries of age and genre. Winning over new fans show by show, The Ruse is bringing its striking and innovative brand of rock music across the U.S.