Distinctly Australian tales of growing up and finding your place in the world have found a healthy renaissance in the recent crop of fuzz-drenched slacker-rock acts who’ve taken over the stages of festivals and triple j airwaves in recent years.
Ruby Fields, although only bursting onto the scene in 2017, quickly established herself as an undeniable force to be reckoned with, unapologetically communicating her innermost thoughts and feelings through earnest lyricism carried by blistering grunge-pop.
On her debut EP, ‘Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner’, Ruby Fields finds the romance and nuance in the mundanities of the every day and discovers although growing up may seem tried, the lessons and details are worth embracing.
Her poeticism makes that period between high school and adulthood feel comfortable and the navigation of awkward social interactions seem a little more bearable.
Delivered with equal parts level of self-awareness and wisdom, ‘Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner’ is fresh look on the apathy in youth, the fear of ageing and the fun had in between – it’s a showcase of a songwriter who knows how to cut straight to the heart of listeners with a one-two punch intensity.
The vulnerable ponderings on growing up shine true with visceral power of her nuanced vocal performance on opener ‘Ritalin’, featuring a sticky and fast burning punk-tinged riff that carries the track’s absolute urgency. “Doesn’t it suck growing up” rings over a soaring chorus instrumental, lending from both 90s legends The Breeders as much as it does her Aus-rock contemporaries.
Previously released singles ‘P Plates’ and ‘I Want’ showcase Ruby’s penchant for crafting nifty pop-rock tunes that unashamedly beg to be yelled in festival crowds for years to come. ‘Fairly Lame Fairly Tame’ is a bluesy take on the world’s obsession with superficiality, shoving a middle finger in the most snarky way possible.
Slowing things down, ‘Redneck Lullaby’ is a showcase of Ruby’s emotive and soulful vocal abilities, with a kind guitar delivery that comforts the melancholic lyrics in their most despairing moments.
‘Your Dad’s Opinion For Dinner’ is a starkly impressive debut that’ll find Ruby rise to the top of Aus-rock domination. With her distinct takes on tried and true tales, her voice will ring brightest.
Thursday 29 March – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Thursday 12 April – Jive, Adelaide
Friday 13 April – The Sewing Room, Perth
Saturday 21 April – The Lair, Sydney
Tuesday 24 April – The Foundry, Brisbane