“Overall the album ranges from tender and vulnerable to fierce and unapologetically assertive, deserving of every accolade it is sure to receive. To be listened to often and repeatedly.” – The Music.com
Her Bloodshot Records debut Don’t Talk About It charts this drifter’s odyssey, tattered passport in hand. Behind her commanding and versatile voice, sharp guitar playing, and adept songwriting, Ruby Boots confidently manoeuvres past the whirlwinds life has tossed on her occasionally lost highway. It’s an album of hope, breakthrough, and handling the unknown challenges around the next bend.
Don’t Talk About It smoulders with a fighting spirit and pulls influence and experience—both musically, emotionally, and beyond—from many pins in the map, but is 10 songs harbored in the singularity that is Ruby Boots.
Ruby continues to map out a polished-yet-fearless, bare-knuckled self, previously hinted at on her last album, Solitude. In 2016, teaming up with Lone Star State-bred studio wizards The Texas Gentlemen and the album’s eventual producer Beau Bedford, the album hints echoes of first wave UK power pop and jangly punk intersect with the every (wo)man indie and pop- inflected muscle of Best Coast. Classic rock touchstones from T. Rex to the girl group Wall of Sound to personal hero Tom Petty meld with a weary poet’s eye recalling Hope Sandoval.
The album rips right open with ‘It’s So Cruel’, strutting through the door with dual harmonic, bawdy, fuzzed-out guitars, reminiscent of a glammy, ‘70s southern-rock-soaked Queens of the Stone Age. It all captures the meteoric emotional flares of an adulterous relationship destined to fail. The Gentlemen spell a Stetson-hat wearing Wrecking Crew as they lay down dusty gothic vibes in the Nikki Lane co-written ‘I’ll Make It Through’, building towards a crescendoing, persevering, bright chorus. (Lane also sings background vocals on the album’s title track.) On ‘Believe in Heaven’, doo-wop beats, dark choral echoes, and a plucked string section lead into ZZ Top full-bodied rawk riffage.
AT AMERICANAFEST 2018 I’M LOOKING FOR:
Josh Zanger, Bloodshot Records
FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
A Taste Of Australia (The Filming Station)
SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
THE AUSSIE BBQ (The 5 Spot)
The Basement East