U.K. SIBLING TRIO
“FIGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT”
AT POP RADIO IN FEBRUARY
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT ALBUM
TO BE RELEASED IN THE COMING MONTHS
“…Essence is an astonishingly assured collection… backed by former Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison and sometime Portishead drummer Clive Deamer, it’s still the Brown siblings’ crystalline voices and melodies that shine on ‘Without You’s brisk country-pop and ‘Intro The Crowd’s marching blues. At times, you can hear the ghosts of Fleetwood Mac and Corrs albums past. But when The Rua pitch into the simmering drama of ‘Hear Them Calling.’ it’s all their own work and comparisons fall away.” Four Stars (****)
–Mark Blake, Q MAGAZINE, October 2014
“The Rua’s Fleetwood Mac-like vibe, meticulous playing, tight harmonies and great songs will surely make them a band to watch out for in the coming months.”
–Emily Tan, DIFFUSER.FM, October 24, 2014
U.K. trio THE RUA–comprised of three Irish siblings whose debut album ESSENCE has received praise overseas including a four-star review in Q magazine–will release the album in the U.S. via FOD Records in the coming months. The first taste from the album, which merges their pop and alternative stylings, will come in February when the single “Fight For What’s Right,” the uptempo, string-laced first single from the classically trained Windsor, Surrey-based group, is set to impact Hot AC and Pop radio. The music video, directed by Frank Borin, can be viewed HERE.
The group—22-year old Roseanna Brown (voice and guitar), 24-year old Alanna Brown (piano and backing vocals) and 19-year old Jonathan Brown (violin, guitar, vocals and backing vocals)–are looking forward to sharing their music with a new audience. “We are very excited to be able to bring our music to the U.S.,” says the band. “The people we have met so far are full of positive energy which is infectious! It makes us even more eager to meet and play to as many people as possible. We are also looking forward to visiting different places that we haven’t been to before, maybe even getting inspiration for new songs too!” Select U.S. shows will be added in the coming months. On the road, THE RUA trio is completed by ex-Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison and Portishead drummer Clive Deamer who’s also drummed with Radiohead, Roni Size and Siouxsie Sioux, among others.
“Can’t help understanding why you have your reasons to deny/Won’t go through the motions of complicating, I’ve had enough,” sings Roseanna on “Fight For What’s Right.” When asked about the inspiration lyrically for “Fight For What’s Right,” the band explains:
“We were in the studio and we had a problem with one of the songs we were supposed to do. It then got us thinking as a group, all those situations where you aren’t necessarily in control and you feel like you should stand up for what you want. That’s how the song started.”
The album digs into more deep and emotional themes with songs such as “Stand Out,” which the band says is “inspired by an amazing woman who was basically part of our family. She suffered from cancer for many years yet she always managed to look out for everyone else and worry about them with complete selflessness. She saw the best in you even if you couldn’t see it.” Lighter-themed songs, such as “Hear Them Calling,” tackles the common artist fear of forgetting lyrics when performing which Roseanna seemingly found a remedy to. The band explains, “‘Hear Them Calling’ was written because Roseanna doesn’t always remember the words to songs! She wanted to do a song with no words in the chorus. At the time she was watching the Alien trilogy which got her thinking about aliens and ta da! . . . ‘Hear Them Calling.’”
THE RUA have an interesting back story with strong theatrical layers. They have all appeared in the film Stormbreaker; Alanna has appeared in the film Closer as well as four Harry Potter movies; and Roseanna (who’s appeared in three Harry Potter films) as well as Snow White and The Huntsman and Thor. Jonathan’s appearances include in one Harry Potter film as well as Dark Shadows. The siblings each studied music at A Level, while Roseanna received a degree in Music from Royal Holloway and Alanna earned her Masters in Science. The diverse elements of their lives have helped shape the THE RUA’s ESSENCE.