Images by Mitchell Tomlinson // Video by Tyler Bell // Words by Christopher Kevin Au
Emerging from Sydney’s southern suburbs, Ruby Fields captured hearts with her instantly catchy, relatable and riff-heavy single ‘I Want’ in April. When the track was added to Triple J high rotation after taking over Unearthed with conviction, it prompted thousands across the country to ask, “Who is she?”
Ruby is the girl next door with an endearing down-to-earth attitude, armed with Chuck Taylors and vocal chords that could tackle the country’s major festivals. Her buzzing profile has now drawn international attention from BBC Radio 1, suggesting that Ruby really is the rock heroine we need. With lyrics driven by adolescent angst and hooks for days, she’s now faced with the task of solidifying the high-impact ‘I Want’ with a sturdy follow-up single.
Moreover, her debut headline gig is fast approaching: She’ll be catering to a home crowd at Sydney’s Hudson Ballroom, the intimate venue where the likes of Lorde played their definitive early shows. Come June 29, it’ll be Ruby’s territory when she performs as a three-piece band, with Rachel Maria Cox and Uncle Axel also joining the festivities.
Ahead of the show, we caught up with Ruby (and the Egyptian tour management mogul himself, Aaron Girgis) to talk about her swift success and what we can expect at Hudson Ballroom next month. It’s looking like a big year for Ruby, so do yourselves a favour and keep two ears open.