Tuesday, 8 March 2016

The 2ubeXtra Festival: Taws - Ruby Sky

Liverpool's first and only independent online music festival The 2ubeXtra returns on 13th April 2016. Once again, The 2ube are building up to this year's festival by staging weekly 2ube Live shows every Friday night, but 2016 has brought an exciting new development... For the first time ever, The 2ube Live will be broadcast each week on Liverpool's Bay TV. The weekly show on Bay TV consists of past highlights from 2ube Live events punctuated by live shows, the next of which is scheduled for Friday 18th of March. This event will also be streamed around the world via YouTube. The following artists will be taking to the stage at Liverpool's Paul McCartney Auditorium.

Taws - Mama Doesn't Own You.

Background promo - Taws are a four-piece progressive/math rock band hailing from UK, Norway and USA who met at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 2013 and have grown into a tight and energetic live band.

Intricate riffs, heavy grooves and soulful vocals make up a unique and innovative sound. The band will be releasing their second single 'Lost In Brighton' in spring 2016.

 "Taws ‘head-scratching ideologies have been carefully concocted for the sake of ‘once you listen, you will never go back.’ (…) Ferociously intimidating but nevertheless capable of slamming the replay button.?" -- GetIntoThis, UK, Liverpool??

"Taws look like they have been playing together for years and they kept the audience going through the whole set." -- Run & Tell That.

Taws really took me by surprise. The description of them as a progressive/math band gave me preconceived ideas. The song 'Mama Doesn't Own You' changed all of that. It's mixture of power and full on soulful vocals, that morph into something gentler towards the end, is quite spectacular. One more to explore, for me.

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Ruby Sky - When It's Easy.

Background promo - Ruby Sky (born Emma Buckley) is a Liverpool based Singer, Songwriter. She began her musical journey as an acoustic solo artist captivating audiences with her catchy chorus’ and perfectly poignant lyrics, in small venues across the midlands and North West. Securing winner and finalist positions in a number of regional, UK and even Nashville song writing competitions, she is widely considered one of the countries most talented up and coming singer/songwriters.

Ruby was recently hired to write a biographical song about local veterans for war project ‘Giving Veterans a Voice’. The project, the ministry of defence and the immediate audiences were so blown away with the song Ruby decided, with the projects funding, to release the single both physically and digitally in association with the Royal British Legion and shot a music video, which is currently totalling over 8000 views.

Whilst continuing performing her acoustic material across the North West, during her studies at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts), Ruby has been developing her live sound with her 5-piece rock band.  Even with her new heavy rock guitars and edgy pop/rock arrangements she maintains a raw but beautiful honesty that’s just unavoidably addictive. With a whole host of full band gigs lined up for the New Year and some exciting festival interest, Ruby Sky is certainly one to watch in 2016.

The mix of edgy rock musicians and the refined vocals of Ruby Sky combines to make some really fine music. 'When It's Easy' mixes power and elegance, vocals are splendid and rise with ease over the thundering soundtrack. Her more acoustic songs are equally good and worth a good listen.

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