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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.

Michael Trundle

Track Listing:

  1. Happy In the Sunshine
  2. Sparkle
  3. Any Day Now
  4. Into the Lavender
  5. Evergreen
  6. Horseless
  7. Punchdrunk
  8. Bitter
  9. Teanage Distraction
  10. Live Through This
  11. The First of the Year

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