Isn't it always nice to know that when you're feeling a bit 'bleurgh' you have someone you can turn to, someone who won't fail to a) make you laugh, and b) talk until your ears retreat off your head. When alternative pop-rockers Rubylux came-a-knocking on The Music Fix's door, they did just that. The lads are about to embark on a gigtastic journey next month that will literally see them on the streets of Blighty, playing their edible audibles to anyone who'll stop and listen, undoubtedly causing on a few traffic jams in the process. And, as you're about to find out, just like their ballad-esque branded Splenda-sweet songs, they're able to give you the all-important boost that you need, but without causing damage to your health.
So boys, as this is an introducing feature, please go on and introduce yourselves and give a little fact about each of you for The Music Fixers...
Adam: Yeah, I’m Adam and I’m the keyboard player...
Mike: (Butting in) go on, give a little fact about yourself Ads.
A: A little fact about myself, *thinks*,oh Jesus, ummmm, I’m like the main football fan of the band.
Everyone together: yeah!
M: The rest of us pretend to like football, and anyway, he’s a glory hunter. So, my turn. I’m Mike and I’m the drummer. And ummmmm...
Clark: You love spending money.
M: Yeah, I spend, well, money I don’t have really. I like my gadgets. So, next!
C: I’m Clark and I’m the bass player. I haven’t really got an interesting fact, but I’m a vegetarian. (Laughter). Well if you want an interesting fact, I’m wearing socks that match today and I very rarely do that.
Rob: I’m rob and I’m the singer, I also play the guitar. And err, can we come back to an interesting fact in a minute?
OK, I suppose I can give you time to make something up. So, whilst you’re thinking, please answer TMF this. Apparently your band’s name came from a psychic lady’s crystal ball – is this true, or is someone having us on?
A: No no no, it is a little bit true. Well, she said the word ‘Rubylux’ would be very important to the band I was about to be in.
R: It was the word ‘Ruby’.
A: Oh yeah, that’s right, sorry. Obviously we didn’t want to go with the word ‘Ruby’, so we put it with ‘lux’, which means ‘light’ in Latin. We wanted a two sort-of syllable thing.
So how did it feel to get that all-important first album out and onto both the digital and physical shelves?
A: It felt really good, yeah. We’d been building up to it for quite a long time. It’s like a mixture of some of the old material that we’ve been playing for the last three years with some new stuff. So it’s been a long time in the running, but that’s good. I think the people who’ve been following us in the last couple of years have kind of looked forward to it with us. So they’ve gone out to buy it to see what the new stuff sounds like, which is cool.
C: We locked ourselves away for six months, and it got to some dark times. So we were happy to get out and have something finished.
Would you say then that getting the album out has been one of the best moments as a band so far?
R: Well we had a wicked last year really. We were out in Asia for two months. We played there basically every night in different parts of Asia, playing to loads of people from all across the world. So that was probably my high-point.
M: Yeah definitely. Well, we did a gig a couple of years ago at the O2 which was definitely a high-point for me. (Talking to Clark) Have you got a high-point?
C: Performing at Sussex Cricket ground.
A: Yeah we did a gig, probably about two or three years ago, at the Sussex County Cricket ground to about six or seven thousand people. There’s probably some videos of it online. So that was wicked.
Cool, well let’s not beat around the proverbial bush, but there’s a fair few male alternative bands out there, what do you think makes you stand out from the rest?
A: I think it will be our songs. I’d like to think that they’re more accessible than others. Not the big bands obviously, but I mean the local bands that play; all of our competition. But yeah, I think it’s the accessible factor. And we’ve seen it from the street gigs we do. Like when we turn up and get, you know, the PA system and all of our kit out. We see the demographic of all of our audience. We literally see the little kids running around loving it, and the grannies dancing in front of us. So it’s great to see so many people can like it. That’s definitely one of our strengths.
And you’re doing some of that street gigging next month in your hometown of Brighton I believe
R: We’re doing like a whole tour of them. The last two summers we’ve done a lot of them in Brighton and along the south coast. And this time we thought we’d take it literally everywhere. We’re not really supposed to be doing it (laughter) but we’re taking the band to a few towns and city centres. We just find somewhere that looks good, set up the full band, not a little acoustic set. I mean, we really rock it out. We just play as long as we can before the police move us along. I think we’re going to be doing two or three weeks of that in the summer, going everywhere from Brighton to Cornwall, and hopefully we’ll go further north too. Maybe go to Liverpool could be on the agenda.
So would you say that gigging on the street for Rubylux is a lot more exciting than performing in a venue with walls?
R: They’re a lot more stressful I think (laughter). It’s always packed so you know, we’ve managed to shift a lot of CDs and t-shirts and stuff. They’re different, but we love both.
C: Hardcore fans come to the proper gigs, but we make new fans on the streets.
For potential new fans out there then, how would you best describe your sound... as a metaphor?
R: Ooh, this is a question for Clark definitely.
C: Right, well a giraffe came to me, so I’ll work on this (laughs). A giraffe in a car made of scrapped bits of wood spinning around the Serengeti pissing off rhinos. It’s a well crafted car and the giraffe is head and shoulders above everybody else.
A: I’m sorry about this.
C: (still carrying on)...he’s looking out on the plains.
R: That’s enough, STOP!
Is this similar to the band’s song-writing process? Do you all sit around with a beer and chip-in, or is there a definite lyrical leader of the pack?
R: There’s some songs all the album that we all wrote together, and then I wrote the others basically. But the more we’ve been together, the more we’re starting to write together and develop that way.
And finally, with this Sunday’s festivities coming up, are you planning on giving your dads your Fake_Control album for Father’s Day?
M: Well I think my dad is actually genuinely interested in this band. I don’t know whether he’s being polite, but I think he’s bought it around fifty times (laughs). Maybe I’ll give him a signed t-shirt or something.
Any last words of wisdom for The Music Fix?
R: Our album’s out now, and our music video for our first single ‘The Boy Could Fly’ should be up online at the end of this week.
The boys are performing at Camden Town's Monto Water Rats on Monday 21st June, and set off on their street gig tour from the 24th July. For more information, or for a gorp at their videos, visit their MySpace or website at MySpace.com/rubylux, or Rubylux.net.