Adele meets Dire Straits in a soul infused fire of honest pop
Bega is the birthplace of the paradox that is The Blue Ruins. A part of Australia renowned for its beauty and its paradoxes; rugged cliffs, sparse beaches, killer whales, hot summers, snow filled winters and kilometres of soul rejuvenating forest. The Blue Ruins is a band that encapsulates the contrasts and the anomalies of this land in their brutally honest but sugar coated alternative blues roots pop. A band that counterpoints bitter sweet melodies and lyrics against raw roots and blues guitar, melancholy against foot stomping rhythm and refreshing laughter against politics.
It has been a three year journey for the trio Kate, Aidan and Allan. From humble beginnings to almost permanently on the road – performing, recording, touring, singing, surfing, loving, fighting and recording again. Picking up accolades along the way; such as nominations for Best Blues and Roots Artist, Best Singer Songwriter and Best Pop artist at the 2012 MusicOz Awards, to working alongside top musicians such as Lior, Josh Pyke and Lloyd Spiegel, to showcasing their work internationally at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis as well as working with world renowned producer, Tim Carr (Matt Corby/Kanye West). 2014 will continue with this busy upward trend kicking off with the Fans First Tour to celebrate the pre-release of Bleed.
The first single, Bleed will be released on the 31st of March. Written during a dark and tumultuous time in singer songwriter Kate’s life, the single breathes pain and fury contrasted against driving guitar and rock rhythms. The black and white artwork stands as a visual display of the counter positions of heart wrenching emotions versus uplifting music and was co-created by photographer Marli Funston with designer Nikki Hall with the aim of representing this angry vulnerability.
Having raised the money for the album through touring, hard work and Pledge Music, the band will make the album available to their fans first. In complete contrast to musical peers who ride the wave of success and forget the ones who placed them on the ladder of success, The Blue Ruins are rewarding and embracing their fans. Says singer Kate, “Our fans are who keep us on the road, who keep our spirits up and allow us this freedom of artistic expression. Without our fans, we have nothing, so nothing is more important to us than making sure they are rewarded first. This is the Fans First Tour – the tour where our fans get to hear the songs first, download the singles first, get the merch first and get the CDs first. We never want to be one of those bands that are too busy for their fans. We want to say thanks for the support so far and hand-deliver our latest creation directly into the hands of the people who made it possible.”
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“The Blue Ruins remind me of a better time in music, where a band could play a song from start to finish and convey a sense of soul in their performance” Tim Carr, Award Winning Producer
‘Folk-rock-blues, The Blue Ruins, blew minds at this year’s festival. With their big vocals, intricate melodies and original tracks they filled each stage they walked upon.’ –FasterLouder
"Easily one of the best singers I've ever worked with! This band has a future!" Tom Jackson, Live Music Producer, OnstageSuccess.com