After recently visiting our shores as special guests of The Shins on their sold out Australian Tour, The Ruby Suns return this February to preview tracks from their second full-length album Sea Lion (out March 3). 2007 was a big year for the Kiwis. After having already conquered New Zealand, they find homes in the U.S. through Sub Pop (home of The Shins, Low), UK/Europe through and Memphis Industries (The Go! Team, Field Music) and Australia through Popfrenzy. Not bad for a band that records their own music at home, makes their own artwork and to this day is completely self-managed.
Previously known as Ryan Mcphun and The Ruby Suns, the band is now shortly, sweetly and simply called The Ruby Suns. At present the live band consists of Ryan, Amee Robinson, and Imogen Taylor.
The depth and breadth of The Ruby Suns’ songs has, to no surprise, grown dramatically since their self-titled debut. The epic Sea Lion was intended to be a world music album, but reverb and psychedelic pop crept back in to create a unique mixture of exotic sounds, accomplished with an impressive array of instruments—from steel-string ukulele to djembe drums to pots and pans, all set upon a cosy cushion of synths and cassette samples. The Ruby Suns perfectly describe their wide-ranging influences with: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel.”