The Ruby Suns: new album + shows
The Ruby Suns
new album + shows
sunshine pop" -UNCUT
“the Ruby Suns is pure distilled sunshine.” -GRANT SMITHIES
in his book ‘Soundtrack (118 Great NZ Albums)’ on self-titled debut album
The sophomore full length album from NZ band, The Ruby Suns ‘Sea Lion’ is set for release on 19 January 2008 on Lil’ Chief via Rhythmethod distribution. First radio single ‘Kenya Dig It’ is an instant favourite at student radio zipping into the Top 10 of the NZ Alt Radio Chart and the next single ‘Tane Mahuta’ will be serviced in the New Year! The Ruby Suns will be celebrating by playing a short series of shows before heading off to the U.S. and the U.K. to support the international release of the record in March.
FRI, 25TH JAN - CHRISTCHURCH - AL'S BAR
SAT, 26TH JAN - DUNEDIN - BACKSTAGE
FRI, 1ST OF FEB - WELLINGTON - SAN FRANCISCO BATHHOUSE
FRI, 8TH FEB - AUCKLAND - KINGS ARMS
Tickets will be available from Real Groovy records shortly… and on the door…
Possibly best known to the mainstream NZ audiences for their bus catching fire and losing all their gear on a tour of the U.S. a couple of years ago, The Ruby Suns have been making an impact overseas for some time with their first self titled album. Already signed to hip UK label Memphis Industries, the critical acclaim from that first album led to tours in the USA, UK, NZ and Australia variously with The Shins, Animal Collective and Field Music. And in early 2007 the band signed to Sub Pop for the USA.
"Reminiscent of The Zombies and The Shins’ artful trips......Astonishingly good harmonies – not even Brian Wilson’s comeback shows matched this perfect pitch.” - MOJO
The Ruby Suns are 24-year-old lead singer/songwriter and Californian expat Ryan McPhun, plus New Zealand natives Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor. They put the finishing touches to this album in a variety of locations in New Zealand and Australia with sound effects culled from Ryan's dictaphone travels round New Zealand and Africa.
Sea Lion bursts with summery pop tunes appealingly coupled with a dizzying breadth of musical styles from African and Polynesia folk music, flamenco, eighties synth pop to Disney movie soundtracks. Whilst the first album's musical hat was firmly tilted toward The Beach Boys, Sea Lion goes walkabout with a rucksack full of ideas, revealing a joy for the natural world that'd put Attenborough to shame. Everything's underpinned by a style reminiscent of US indie experimentalists Animal Collective, early Mercury Rev and Olivia Tremor Control. It’s an album that'll charm the birds from the trees, invite them in for a cup of tea and teach 'em to talk.
The eagerly anticipated ‘Sea Lion’ album will be released in Jan ’08 through Lil’Chief & via Sub Pop in the US, Memphis Industries in the UK, Pop Frenzy in Aus & Rhythmethod in NZ.