Rustix were Chuck Brucato (vocals), Ron Collins (bass), David Colon (drums), Bob D’Andrea (guitar), Vinnie Strenk (Hammond B3), and Al Galich (lead vocals). The band formed in 1967, and signed to Rare Earth Records, a Motown Records subsidiary named after the band Rare Earth. Prior to signing with Rare Earth, the group had been a popular attraction in upstate New York, opening for Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine at one point.
Among their singles were “Can’t You Hear the Music Play” and “Free Again”, both from the album Bedlam, released in 1969. Bedlam peaked at #200 on the Billboard 200. A sophomore effort, Come On People, followed in 1970; both of the group’s first two records were produced by R. Dean Taylor. A third album was recorded in 1972 but never released, and the group disbanded later that year.