AFTER returning home from their most successful tour to date, The Blue Ruins are releasing their new album Bleed in the Bega Valley at the end of June as part of their Stripped Back Mini Album Launch Tour.
It has been a three-year journey for the trio Kate and Allan Watts and Aidan Bateman, from humble beginnings to being almost permanently on the road – performing, recording, touring, singing, surfing, loving, fighting and recording again.
Along the way, the band has picked up nominations for Best Blues and Roots Artist, Best Singer Songwriter and Best Pop artist at the 2012 MusicOz Awards.
They have performed alongside musicians such as Lior, Josh Pyke and Lloyd Spiegel, and for their new album they worked with world renowned producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby/Kanye West).
The album has been a long time coming, with some of the tracks being three years old and very different to when they were first written.
Listening through the album, you can clearly hear it’s a journey through the heartbreak, self-discovery and ever-changing lifestyle of front woman Kate.
“I find it hard to write a song unless I’m in a bit of a dark place - happiness just doesn’t make me very poetic or interested in writing,” Kate said.
“My happy songs tend to sound like bubble gum rubbish.”
They will be stripping back to the bare minimum and showcasing the pieces off the new album in a different light on their Stripped Back Tour.
“We wanted to change it up, give our audience something special instead of something just loud and a bit impersonal,” Kate said.
“We want to invite people in and share with them the stories behind the songs, take them on a journey through the album whilst feeling like they’re sitting one on one with us in our lounge room.”
After two years of solid and exhausting touring, these shows will be the last The Blue Ruins will be doing for a while so don’t miss out.
They will be performing at the Cheeky Mango Café in Merimbula on June 22 from 5pm, The Nook in Bega on June 28 from 7pm, and Smith’s Alternative Bookshop in Canberra on June 29 from 7pm.
Tickets are $10 on the door at each venue, each show is all ages and families are encouraged to come along and share in a night of stories and music.