Self-proclaimed Mancunian indie rock behemoth The Rubys step-up to the plate with their debut album ‘Limelight Parasite’.
The six piece, made up of frontman Lee Hunter, Mike Hamilton, Barry Kirkwood. Tat Sing Kong, Phil Winstanley and Dave Earlam, formed in 2010 and have put together a triumphant first record with all the attitude and swagger you’d expect of a band emerging from the same city which produced The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays.
The 10 track album, produced by the lead singer of The Mock Turtles, Martin Coogan, brother of Alan Partridge creator Steve, is well polished indie rock n roll brooding with a rebellious passion.
Throughout the record, Hunter’s strong echoing vocals are complimented greatly by some enchanting whispery guitar work, which really sets the mood.
Dark undertones simmer throughout ‘Limelight Parasite’ with many of the tracks living on a sense of buried deep regret such as opener ‘Last Night’ which finds Hunter in fine form from the start as he bellows out ‘she said she couldn’t take anymore.
He’s pleading but she’s taking the final straw’. In a very confident, no nonsense, fashion, making him the perfect anchor for a band who are clearly greatly connected to the music they are making.
This is a self assured nature which breaths through The Rubys from Earlam on the drums to Sing Kong on lead guitar. There’s also an emotive tenderness to the band’s heady guitar-heavy edge with the reflective ‘Jesus Girl’ and ‘Sun’ being notable highlights of a crisp first album.
One of the qualities which makes ‘Limelight Parasite’ such an enjoyable listen is the obvious passion and enjoyment The Rubys exude in every track making them worthy of standing toe to toe with some of Manchester’s finest exports.
To paraphrase a the iconic character of producer Coogan’s brother ‘A-ha! we’ve got a hit’. This could well secure them a glistening future.