The Rua came to NYC last week to promote their forthcoming debut album Essence
. The Windsor, UK sibling trio packed heavily for their trip, equipped with legendary Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison (co-writer of many of their hits) and drummer Clive Deamer, a frequent collaborator with Radiohead and Portishead.
When newcomers arrive packing rock and roll heavies you are always left wondering how it all came together. To use the metaphor of the timeless childrens classic, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, its characters and their lucky golden tickets; is this a vanity project like James Dolans (Augustus Gloop) execrable (Chairman of Madison Square Garden) JD & The Straight Shot and other hedge fund heavies with bands looking for an excuse to smoke weed and act cool. Is this another Lana Del Rey (Veruca Salt) story working hard spending daddys internet domain parking millions to find a transient place in the blogosphere? Is there a celebrity parent in the wings? Seriously would we care about Jaden and Willow Smith (respectively Mike Teavee and Voilet Beauregard) if their parents (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith) werent Hollywood royalty ?
The Rua are the Charlie Bucket of this story quiet, hardworking and real. The heavies have helped shape and fill in the bands charming sound. Listening to Roseanna sing is reminiscent of early Natalie Merchant with 10,000 Maniacs. There is a clarity and intensity in her voice that is compelling. While it is too early to tell if The Rua will get the Chocolate Factory as part of the story we will certainly enjoy listening to them grow.