RUBY THE HATCHET Announce “Live at Earthquaker” EP
RUBY THE HATCHET
announce new EP “Live at Earthquaker”
After a five-year wait for new music, RUBY THE HATCHET are premiering the track ‘1000 Years’ from their new EP “Live at Earthquaker”, their first outing for Magnetic Eye Records. The three-track set is scheduled for release on April 22, with pre-sales commencing today.
“Live at Earthquaker” features early organic and raw versions of two brand-new songs recorded entirely live at EarthQuaker Devices headquarters in Akron, Ohio during the band’s US tour with KADAVAR, with the cherry on top being the physical format debut of their raucous version of URIAH HEEP’s 70s anthem ‘Easy Livin’’. The EP’s two new songs will reappear in fully-produced recordings on the New Jersey riff-rockers‘ new studio album that has been announced for 2022.
The video clip for ‘1000 Years’ was recorded live and produced at EarthQuaker Devices, and is now available for immediate publication via this link: https://youtu.be/5HniRMpKPVM
RUBY THE HATCHET comment: “Our first foray with Magnetic Eye Records is going to be a major ear-tease, showcasing an in-studio live session recorded at Earthquaker Headquarters of two new songs from our upcoming studio full-length”, says singer Jillian Taylor. “We had been road-dogging for a few years straight and felt very much in the pocket. As we tested out new material throughout the tour, these two songs were fan favorites every night. ‘Primitive Man’ is an in-the-pocket groover that everyone gets to riff on. ‘1,000 Years’ is an emotionally long-winding melodic ballad that had me sharing tears with strangers in the crowd as we closed our set with it each night. Jeff France and the Earthquaker crew captured us at the height of our tour tightness, and we love that these songs were captured live with footage from EQ and exist in their own realm, apart from their studio versions which came a year later. Oddly enough, our cover of ‘Easy Livin” was also tracked live and without computers, so it only felt right for it to make a vinyl debut along with our other raw cuts. This live session deserved a special release of its own, and we cannot wait to get it out and build some excitement for what’s to come on our new album.”
1. 1000 Years
2. Primitive Man
3. Easy Livin’ (Uriah Heep cover)
With sultry, honey-smoked vocals, lush yet crisp guitars and spirit of rock ‘n roll organ heroics, it takes just a few seconds for luxuriant opening track ‘1000 Years’ from RUBY THE HATCHET‘s hot-blooded new EP to firmly sink its hooks into ears and hearts.
The scorching riff-masters emerged from a New Jersey basement in 2011 with a take on heavy psychedelic rock that stands apart from the endless procession of vintage-mining bands. The sensuous yet strong vocal signature of singer Jillian Taylor and Johnny Scarps’ deep-fried old school riffing combined with the RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE-style organ flavours of keyboardist Sean Hur created an early buzz from the start.
Even on their first release, the 2011 self-titled “Ruby the Hatchet” EP, the basic ingredients that built the foundation of the band’s appeal were there. Their occult-flavoured hard rock with mythical lyrics and a witches’ brew of classic guitar power spread from a local spark to an underground wildfire, which RUBY THE HATCHET further fueled via their self-released debut full-length “Ouroboros” (2012).
RUBY THE HATCHET‘s sophomore 2015 album, “Valley of the Snake” finally delivered the ever-evolving band into the ears and consciousness of the heavy music scene worldwide. After two years of heavy global touring which saw them hit the road with KADAVAR, BLACK MOUNTAIN, EARTHLESS, ARTHUR BROWN, UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS and THE SWORD, the quintet’s latest album, “Planetary Space Child”, was released in 2017 and widely greeted with universal praise as well as debuting on the Billboard Top Indie Albums Chart.
A captivating glimpse of great things to come, the unpolished, organic energy coursing through “Live at Earthquaker” sets the stage for RUBY THE HATCHET‘s much-anticipated return with both a new album and tours still ahead in 2022.
Release date: April 22, 2022
20 APR 2022 Middle East (US) Cambridge MA +Candlemass +Frayle
24 APR 2022 Thalia Hall (US) Chicago IL +Candlemass +Frayle
Jillian Taylor – vocals
Johnny Scarps – guitar
Lake Muir – bass
Owen Stewart – drums, vocals
Sean Hur – keyboards, organ
Style: Psychedelic Heavy Rock
Recorded and mixed by Jeffrey France at EQD Audio Recording Laboratory
“Live at Earthquaker” will only be released on physical formats. The EP is available on 7″ red vinyl,on 7″ black vinyl, and as a digisleeve CD.