Graham Norton…

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So this time last week Sir Graham Norton played our song ‘Red Moon Falls’ on his BBC Radio 2 show… which is lovely. It has also been pointed out by numerous people that Graham had a little chat about us after our song. Graham was particularly complimentary about how handsome SOME members of the band are, but how “achievable” other members are.  So we feel that now is the time to address this point, and to help Graham and all of you guys to understand our very unique look… Now as most of you will know, ALL UK BANDS for the last 15 years, without exception have been put together by Louis Walsh at the Bootcamp stage of TV show ‘The X Factor’… We were of course, no different. It’s just how it’s done now! (Ask Snow Patrol if you don’t believe me!!!)

Usually, Louis will pick 4 or 5 of the best looking singers and bundle them together in a cynical attempt to win votes from the Great British public… but with us, Louis decided to experiment a little and deviate from his usual formula.  Having discovered the obvious model good looks of our very own Rob and Clark, Louis felt the best way to display their innate beauty would be to drape them against a rather more plain backdrop. In fact, his exact words were…

“Find me an ‘effin drummer who looks like a Muppet that Jim Henson didn’t finish, put in his woodworm riddled shed and forgot about for a decade!”

And…

“A keyboard player who looks like he could have been good looking, but then didn’t step off the escalator at the end, got pulled in and squashed down to half his original height. BUT he was left with the genitals of a much taller man so in a way he is still happy!”  (What? I’m writing the blog!!!)

So… Mike and I were discovered and Rubylux was formed!  It’s an unusual set-up, but it works for us. After that strange start where we had to battle with being only half as good looking as some of the other bands that Louis creates, we are really happy to now be hearing our songs on radio stations all over the UK and in a way, we ourselves have even forgotten just HOW ugly we are… so it took Graham to mention it for us to remember our past and pluck up the courage to let you in to our little secret!

Love as always X PS some events in this blog are likely to have been fabricated for your entertainment!!!  Except that bit about why Ad is a bit short etc…

OUT NOW!!

It's finally here guys!!! 'The World Goes Quiet' is our first majorly distributed studio album and we couldn't be more excited for you to hear what we've been working on!!!

You can download it at iTunes and Amazon of course… You can also get CD copies from Amazon and HMV!  

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Regional Radio Tour… Imminent…

Had the very cool news today that we'll finally be hitting the road again on April 23rd… For our first, full REGIONAL RADIO TOUR! Over 2 weeks on the road in as many towns and cities of the UK as we can fit in… visiting all the radio stations we can… with maybe a few naughty street gigs on the way… We can't wait!

We should know the full route by Friday, so we'll let you know where we are going to be and when… It would be great to meet some of you all in person!!!

Get thinking of where you think would be good/weird for a FULL, unexpected band gig and we'll see what we can do… If any of you have any "ins" with the local police/councils and can keep them off our backs when we do it that would be good too! :-)

We seem to have gained the tag "Kings Of Guerrilla Gigs" now, so we may as well live up to it!

Watch this space!

Tune in for tomorrow's episode, working title "About Time We Washed The Van Then…"

New Headline Show Announcement!

Rubylux Live

Hi guys, Just a quick one to let you know that our next full headline show will be at London's awesome, spanking new venue Surya… You can grab tickets HERE!

We are deep into the recording our second album and as an "independent" band we have a lot of stuff to deal with on both the creative side and the "business" side of things but we're rocking on that front now… so we're getting hard at work on rehearsing the new songs we've been having to hold back for a little while now… and we're DAMN EXCITED to play you the new stuff live!

We'll see you there!

Ad, Clark, Mike and Rob

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Merry Christmas one and all!

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We hope you're all having a wonderful day with your loved ones... and enjoy a warm and relaxing festive period! Thought we'd quickly remind you that we will be playing a little festive, acoustic set on the 29th of December at the amazing High Barn in Essex for anyone that fancies getting out of the house by that time... we believe there may still be a few tickets left... HERE!

We've also just put together a little video for you all to give you a behind the scenes look at what went on at our Christmas party... featuring quite a lot of the most fun drunk guy you've ever seen... Mr. Michael Hall!

ENJOY!

Much love and festive cheer!

Mike, Ad, Clark and Rob

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rC-dkbpmLU

London Calling...

Rob in Germany

It's been a while since we blogged... Facebook and Twitter seem to get all the exclusives and that is gonna change!!! We've literally just returned from our first short tour of Germany and we're so happy with how things went down! German audiences are just amazing and the band we toured with, Car Park North made us so welcome and are a pretty incredible band! Check them out... We love THIS tune! EPIC!

Germany, it was a blast... and we will be back soon new friends!!!

We're having a nice little chill out at Mike's place today, making a video of our German adventures for you and gearing up for tomorrow's HEADLINE SHOW at The Borderline, London! Tickets available HERE! We can't wait, it's been a while since we got to show London some love!

While we finish making the Germany video, feast your eyes on this little gem we'd forgotten about of when Rob had just finished writing Black Sun Needs Sparks... We've played it at the last few live shows and it's been going down a storm so it's a sure thing for tomorrow's set list! Be there!

That's all for now... Hope you're all well!

Much Love

Ad

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NB In other very exciting news, I'm trying out some new RED trousers today that I bought in Germany... Reaction has been luke-warm at best! They may be best kept behind closed doors to be honest!

'What You Need' available at iTunes NOW!

What You Need

Ladies and Gentlemen, Our 'What You Need' EP will be available in the UK iTunes Store from Midnight GMT... and it is already available in other parts of the world NOW!

We'd really appreciate it if you were to go and purchase the EP for just £1.29 HERE!!!

To celebrate this exciting-ness we're going to get together tonight and do a little bit of Ustream-ing! We'll give you some exclusive previews of the new songs we've recorded for the next album ahead of next week's Concorde2 show (Tickets available HERE) and let's have a little chat as well yeah?!

Click HERE at 8pm GMT to come over to Ustream!

But most of all get on over to your iTunes and pop our name in the search and buy that EP!

This is how we expect the iTunes chart to look tonight 1. Rubylux 2. Matt Cardle 3. etc...etc And if it doesn't we'll be holding you lot personally responsible!

Seriously though... if everyone downloads, we may just be in with a chance of it charting a little bit! Which would excite us... and when we're excited ANYTHING can happen!

Thanks guys!

Massive Love!!!

Rob, Mike, Clark and Adam X X X X

Radio 2-tastic...

Hi guys! Quick update for y'all... Since we last blogged BBC Radio 2 here in the UK have taken a real liking to us! Which is pretty brilliant, them being the most listened to station in the country and that!

We've had a load of various plays on Radio 2, but excitingly 'What You Need' was played on the Breakfast Show last week by our good ol' buddy Richard Madeley!

And as Vanessa got her face on here the last week for playing us... Here's Rich, with his good wife Judy.

Our next single "What You Need" is being released on October 9th... And is available for Pre-Order NOW!! :) And we REALLY REALLY need your help!

We're an independent band, all the stuff you see going on with us is because we make it happen. There's no big record label... No guru telling us what to do and when to do it. No "Simon Cowell" wiping our bum! (What a terrible image!)

If all you guys can download 'What You Need' as a pre-order right now, when the song is released all of those orders will go through at the same time and give us a real massive chance of getting in the iTunes Chart and giving the likes of Matt Cardle (who's song comes out on the same day) a run for his money!

We're realistic, we won't hit No.1... We'll settle for No. 2 at this stage! But to get up there would really help spread the word about us that little bit more!

Here's the link to buy it from -> http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/what-you-need-ep/id462760708

£1.29 for 4 songs!! That's 32.25p a track!! We'll give you the money back when we see you if you don't like it, yeah?!

Here's the video for it -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3A5yHm0tJA

Thanks to all of you for your support again!

Rob, Clark, Mike and Adam X X X X

Black Sun Needs Sparks...

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We're up in our spiritual recording home of North Wales right now in the little village of Penmaenmawr working away at a big batch of new songs...  We thought we'd share some lyrics with you from one of the songs as we're really excited about the tunes but can't yet let you hear them (you will if you come see us on the 15th of October at Concorde2 in Brighton though... Tickets available HERE!!!)
Here you go:



Black Sun Needs Sparks

Is it so hard to speak? Or is the story so demeaning, The words will make us weak? Where did you lose your crown? You ran into the wild, I don't recognise you now.

I need to know, where does the time go, Waiting in our own silent dreams? Is it so hard to see, That the shadows on the wall are not, truth for you and me? Millions of lovers deep, is the ocean that we drift on, Or drown if we're asleep. I need to know, Where did the stars go, Living in our own silent dreams?

I'm tryna get your heart. Coz the black sun needs sparks. I sided with the dark, coz I know who you are.

If all, is lost, we'll turn to stone... And we'll forget about us. As we spiral down, I'm learning life has no light without love.

I'm tryna get your heart. Coz the black sun needs sparks. I sided with the dark, Coz the black sun needs sparks, I sided with the dark, Coz I know who you are.

iPhone on Toast...

'sup y'all! Bit of American I picked up to start the blog for you there…

Hope you're all liking the snazzy new site… Despite my awful miserable-ness in that main photo! Who thought that was a good idea?! I've got that moody sexy thing going on though right?

I've had a weird week… been without my laptop which is a lifestyle change that just feels uncomfortable. I all of a sudden had loads of time on my hands I don't normally have! Couldn't record anything at home (so I didn't see Clark for a few days)… Couldn't get on Facey-B or Twatter and all that lark either. Let's be honest, it just isn't fun to do that on a phone is it?! Speaking of which, I dropped and smashed iPhone number 8 today! What a wally!

iPhones have really got that "Toast always lands butter side down" thing going on haven't they?!

Just had an idea for a toast based app… I'll get back to you on that!

Anyway…

Blog 1 on the new website… DONE!

Good innit?!

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Here's a pic I liked (despite me doing my stupid Stevie Wonder head) courtesy of Rachel Stanikk from our recent show at The Brook in Southampton! AMAZING venue!

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Pastry-gate...

So we're now back in the UK, and since we've been back amongst the street gigs and meetings we managed to make a very enjoyable visit to the students of ACM. ACM is a music college in Guildford and we went up there to play a few songs and do some little Q&A sessions with the students which ended up feeling a bit like group therapy, as Clark and I had a chance to air our dirty laundry in public. Many of the questions ended up down the route of how we get on with each other on tour... and frankly, as boring as it seems, we actually get on very well most of the time. But the morning of our ACM visit me and Clark did end up having a very brief "tiff" I believe it would be called. Here's how it went down: It was a crisp, sunny morning outside Tesco Express. And as the rest of the town of Guildford were rising from their slumber we were grabbing a quick breakfast snack...

I was eating, and Clark came up behind me and launched his famous "really loud dog bark" in my ear... I reacted, frankly quite badly and launched my croissant at his head. A few expletives were exchanged and we carried on about our day!

We're like the Sex Pistols or something hey?!

Anyway, in other more normal news we've had a chance to start doing demo's of the massive amount of new songs we seem to have accumulated since we recorded Fake Control last year. It's always so exciting working on new songs... and we've got some real gems coming together for you guys! Here's Rob working on some guitar sounds...

Until next time Rubies!

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It's moments like this that keep us going...

It's moments like this that keep us going... The music stops, sweat's dripping down your face, you raise your hands and hundreds of people are singing your song at you. Now, it's known that Ad gets Goosebumps at the slightest hint of euphoria and this was a massive room full of the stuff... We were truly elated at Tuesdays gig in London! Not only was it a week day with many soreheads to battle with the next morning, it was amazing to see the amount of people that had traveled to see us. Thank you. We couldn't do it without you. Our amazing photographer friend- Sam Bond came down to take photos of the gig:

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Thanks again for everyone who came. It really was the best way to end the tour. We're now preparing to go to L.A at the end of the month and it looks like we're off to Germany in the summer but don't worry... We're already planning our next UK tour for just after the summer... and you know us... we'll probably pop up in your town centre on a random, sunny afternoon.

Hope to see you all soon. Keep in touch.

Lot of love,

Rob, Ad, Mike, Clark. XXX

Blonde, blot, blow, Kazoo, block, BLOG!

Sorry about the typo's, I started writing this on my iPhone! Anyone else find them difficult to type on, and the auto correct REALLY annoying? Well, it's been a little while since I blogged so I thought I'd better get in and do one before the boys tell me off!

So here it is, a blog with no particular theme, but it's a blog nonetheless and will add a "blog point" to my tally.

Let me tell you some things:

1. OUR TOUR BEGINS ON TUESDAY! We've been rehearsing and preparing this week to make sure we're in tip top form for what is really our first "real" tour of the UK! Please check out the dates on the gigs page and come see us!

2. We've been doing a bit of recording this week as well... just a bit, just in our bedrooms, on the sly, demo's you might call them. We've got LOADS of new songs stockpiled, Rob's prolific songwriting just doesn't stop, and we are all itching to make another record, (Clark is also itching for other unrelated reasons) but it seems FAKE CONTROL has got a lot more legs in her yet and is still taking us all over the world which is amazing, but don't worry, there's plenty more where that came from! We've also been doing a bit of work on a cover we've been asked to do, which is starting to sound damn fine, we'll keep you posted!

3. I walked to Mike's house from my house this week and met a dog called Rosie. We got on really well and are gonna try and catch up again! It's early days for us, and we need to get to know each other properly, but it's promising. Fingers crossed!

4. A seagull got stuck on my balcony on Tuesday... it had a hurt wing. It turns out I'm birdaphobic (There's a proper word for that right?), so before anyone else feels they need to tell you... My Mum had to come round and pick it up for me! I just couldn't OK?! I don't trust them!

5. Thanks for reading my blog, please call in again, it's been a pleasure!

Adam

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