If I didn't know this band better I'd be throwing out all manner of accusations at jumping on the zeitgeist but then this is the Ruby Suns and they practically invented this sort of thing. We've loved the NZ true blue poppers for a long time, so much so that we've resisted featuring them too often for fear of latent fanboyism. But now the dust settled on their last album 'Fight Softly' we could avoid the colourful tropicalia of 'Cranberry' no longer. Of course the Ruby Suns do pepper their melodic passages with frequent curveballs which has probably frustrated as [...]
A band to check out this year would by the Ruby Seas, signed to Sub Pop in the U.S. and Memphis Industries in the UK. The band was formed by California native Ryan McPhun, along with a slew New Zealand friends that he met in 2004. Ryan has played with bands like The Tokey Tones, The Reduction Agents, and The Brunettes. Ruby Seas has a new album coming out in March called "Sea Lion" and if their track "Tane Mahuta" is any indication that album should be quite impressive. Should appeal to fans of Panda Bear, the more melodic [...]
The Ruby Suns are full of sunshine and safari animals; previously known as "Ryan McPhun and The Ruby Suns" after relocating from California, United States to Auckland, New Zealand where McPhun (also a former touring member of The Brunettes) has brought over some conventional psychedelic rays of beautiful lo-fi pop to our sleepy southern winter. Inspired by the simplicity of New Zealand and its nature, McPhun found himself well suited to his surroundings with the shared love of music from ostentatious productions by Curt Boettcher and Brian Wilson-esque harmonies to modern DIY indie noise pop of The Apples In [...]
New Zealand's The Ruby Suns is a band I have listened more and more to, and a band that gets better and better after each listen. I love their sunshine-sound and their ba-ba-bah's, and that is also why I jumped a bit in my chair when I saw that The Takeaway show features The Ruby Suns in their 43rd recording. The band is playing live in the streets of Paris. Click the link to visit the whole
Here is another new band from New Zealand, originally billed as Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns. These lads sound alot like the Shins meets The Beach Boys. I hope to hear more of them soon! Maasai Mara sets a benchmark as the best pop record about Zebras. Good, if odd, vibrations all around. -- Q Magazine power pop reviews, power pop and rock and roll opinions.
From California but now residing in Auckland, New Zealand as a flightless native bird, lead singer Ryan McPhun, drifted to these shores from Los Angeles after growing tired the californian music scene. The debut album will come out on January the 10th. It's fucking awsome. Check it out! And watch the video for Maasai Mara.