South African-Australian songwriter Ruby Gill shares the official video for the title track to her debut album, Iâ€™m gonna die with this frown on my face, and announces headline tour dates.
The 12-track album, which debuted at #5 on the AIR Independent Album chart, features previously released singles, Champion Ruby, a song about Rubyâ€™s unhealthy attraction to people who smoke cigarettes, Public Panic Attacks, which brims with the self-deprecating humour that is quickly becoming Rubyâ€™s trademark, Borderlines, an unsent letter to the immigration department, as well as I Forgot To Be Profound Today a minimal, piano-led single that Ruby describes as being a â€œsmall act of defiance against a job that makes me tired and a world that I never feel truly interesting enough forâ€. Her singles to date have garnered praise across the globe, from The Sunday Times, The Independent and The Guardian, to NME, triple j, KCRW and BBC 6Music.
Laced with critique and catharsis against corporations, Australiaâ€™s border security policies and a more general exploration of loss, birds and learning to breathe, Rubyâ€™s debut album is one that completely stops you in your tracks – inviting you to come closer and uncover something new with every listen.
Raised in a forest in South Africa, Ruby now resides in Melbourne, where she spends her time working as a ghostwriter and ticking off every new bird species she encounters. Her humorous, matter-of-fact lyricism – reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell or Fiona Apple – first caught peopleâ€™s attention in 2018 when she released Your Mum; a single which quickly garnered millions of streams. Friends Angie McMahon and Maple Glider lent their voices to her later single, you should do this for a living – a song about male power, pressure and coercion in the music industry, which earned her the Feature Artist spot on triple j unearthed, playlisting from Spotify, Apple and Amazon and airplay from triple j, Double J and every metro station across Australia.
She has appeared on stages around the world, from Oppikoppi to Woodford, with accolades such as â€œEmerging Artist of the Yearâ€ at Port Fairy Folk Festival, and a finalist in NLMAâ€™s Live Act of the Year (VIC) to her name, as well as high-profile support tours with the likes of Lime Cordiale, Liz Stringer, Mia Dyson and The Teskey Brothers.
Rubyâ€™s ability to express acute social and personal observations in her work is laid bare on ‘Iâ€™m gonna die with this frown on my face’, creating a minimalistic feel thatâ€™s warm and intimate. And with dashings of humour peppered throughout, Rubyâ€™s debut is all the more endearing.
I’m gonna die with this frown on my face album tour
tickets on sale at rubygill.me
Saturday 1 October – Sound Doctor, Wadawurrung / Angelsea^ (VIC)
Friday 21 October – New Hall, Wadawurrung / Pt Lonsdale* (VIC)
Saturday 22 October – New Hall, Wadawurrung / Pt Lonsdale* (VIC)
Sunday 13 November – Black Bear Lodge, Meanjin / Brisbane (QLD)
Friday 18 November – The Bridge, Dja Dja Wurrung / Castlemaine (VIC)
Sunday 20 November – Thirroul Music Festival (NSW)
Sunday, 20 November – The Vanguard, Gadigal / Sydney (NSW)
Thursday 24 November – Northcote Social Club, Naarm / Melbourne (VIC)
Sunday 3 December – Tanswell Hotel, Yorta Yorta / Beechworth (VIC)
*with Liz Stringer ^with Maple Glider
‘I’m gonna die with this frown on my face’
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