Rubyhorse has garnered quite a bit of attention with
their album Rise, primarily due to the late George
Harrison’s guest appearance on the song “Punchdrunk”.
While they say that “Any publicity is good publicity,” it’s
unfortunate that mass media has declared them as the new
Creed and Goo Goo Dolls, because they are better
than these bands. It’s even more unfortunate that the media
label-maker has tagged them with labels like U2,
Rolling Stones, Radiohead and the Beatles;
bands they may be influenced by but cannot hope, at this
point in their career, to live up to.
Once, however, one can make it past the drivel which the
press has served to them, they will find Rubyhorse
to be a band to watch. Dave Ferrell’s vocals are
strong, and albeit that they are comparable to a number of
other singers already on the market, his strength is his ability
to be comparable to several very different singers out there
and still maintain some small level of personal distinction.
Gordon Ashe (drums) , Decky Lucey (bass),
Joe Philpot (guitar) and Owen Fegan (keyboards)
provide consistently catchy and endearing melodies, showing
a versatility ranging from dance fare such as “Evergreen“,
ballads such as “Punchdrunk“, and more rock-laden anthems
such as “Into the Lavendar” and the best song on the album,
“Happy In the Sunshine”.
Unfortunately, Farrell has a tendency to overuse
trite, cliché phrases at the end of lines: “ Give me one
last try/before you hang me out to dry” (Any Day Now)
and “ we burned away/we jumped the gun” (Into the Lavender)
and “ when it rains, it pours” (Live Through This)
- a mistake allowable for a band whose first language is not
English but not for a bunch of Irish blokes.
Rubyhorse have left themselves a lot of room to grow
with Rise, and there is question whether they will
do so. There is a lot of talent here and it would be a shame
if they remain another band cut from the MTV pattern. And
anyway, you really want to love a band who takes their name
from one of the best Wonderstuff songs ever.
- Happy In the Sunshine
- Any Day Now
- Into the Lavender
- Teanage Distraction
- Live Through This
- The First of the Year
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