Philadelphia heavy rock quintet Ruby The Hatchet have signed with NYC’s Tee Pee Records, the independent label known for releasing landmark albums from acts such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Graveyard, Earthless and Sleep. The hotly-tipped group, who MetalSucks says, “graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Led Zeppelin School of Proto Metal, where they majored in Sabbath and minored in Deep Purple,” and whose “brand of psychedelia should drive fans of bands like Baroness, Ghost, and Royal Thunder absolutely wild,” will enter Retro City Studios in Germantown, PA this month to record its as-yet-untitled new LP. A late fall release date is expected.
“We’ve been making music since 2010, but our upcoming full length is going to be a first in a lot of ways,” says Ruby The Hatchet vocalist Jillian Taylor. “It’s our first label release and it’s with a label we’ve respected and admired from afar for some time. We managed to bump into the Tee Pee dudes at a Harsh Toke show in Brooklyn a few months back. It was a wild and blurry night, ending with us getting kicked out of a bar and talks of them putting out our full length. These new songs are medieval, melodic, murderous and fuzzed out. They came to us rapidly and embody a sound for us, that, for lack of better words, is right the fuck now.”
Since its formation four years ago, Ruby The Hatchet has quickly gained a reputation as a formidable force, both on record and on stage. Born in a New Jersey basement, the five-piece boasts a riff-centered, hard hitting rock sound that has infected the Philadelphia music scene with a unique blend of psychedelic undertones, wailing vocal melodies and raw-power energy. Ruby The Hatchet’s psychedelia-laced power-rock conjures visions of midnight councils and sinister sorcery, appropriating a storm of distorted axe-wielding as a vehicle of enchantment, with seductive songstress Jillian Taylor overlaying a series of bewitching spellbound poetics. In 2012, the band released their debut full length, Ouroboros, a record that oozed dark and unresolved mystique. Ruby The Hatchet’s latest release is the 7″ EP The Eliminator, available for purchase on translucent blood red or milky clear vinyl with golden haze.
Listen and watch Ruby The Hatchet as part of WXPN’s “The Key Studio Sessions: Ruby the Hatchet” and check out a Free People photo journal titled “On The Road To SXSW With Ruby The Hatchet.”
In addition to Taylor, Ruby The Hatchet features Johnny Scarps (guitar), Mike Parise (bass), Owen Stewart (drums) and Sean Hur (organ).