The Rua and The Making Of a Masterpiece
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

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The Rua are not a finished product. At the moment, they are not the band that they will be one, five, or even ten years from now. They are a work in process. However, before accidentally giving you the impression that they are not worth your time, know this: if we learned anything during a recent 3-song session with the UK family trio, it's that their rather lovely tunes are the first few strokes of an eventual masterpiece. The Mona Lisa without her smile, The Starry Night without its swirly skies or even, well..stars. The Rua are young. But they are a promising outfit who are crafting their eventual legacy stroke by stroke. The Rua are a band on a journey.

As we learned in our conversations with the band, the origins of the band began in what they describe as a "a noisy home where music played all the time". Friends and family would pop in and pop out, holidays would resonate to the sound of "30 guitars" (an exaggeration..I think?), multiple pianos, and lots of singing. As principal singer Roseanna Brown puts it, "I think everyone's musical in our family...it runs through the genes".

Like a lot of families though, the trio were initially a little blind to the talent that was right in front of them, in their own home. The band only started seriously playing together 4 or 5 years ago. Before then, it was more about individual pursuits...not just in music, but in film. If you recognize their faces, it might be because you've seen Harry Potter, Closer, Snow White and The Huntsman, and/or Thor.

While they've experienced success on the big screen, the band are determined to make sure you ultimately remember them for their music. The name Rua stems from the hebrew word, Ruah, which means the essence of a group. They are committed and their debut album is appropriately titled just that: Essence.

That album is a good example of what they have done so far as a group. Though classically trained and obviously capable of carrying their sound on their own, the band's record company FOD has helped build things. "They brought in amazing people for us to work with, " Jonathan told us. "We've got Nigel Harrison who played bass in Blondie, Clive Deamer, who's the drummer from Portishead and Radiohead, and Mikey Rowe, who's done keyboards for Oasis and MIck Jagger. It's phenomenal the amount of people they've brought in to work with us", admits the youngest member of the band. "So it's changed quite a lot from when we were sitting in our living room," adds Alanna. A few more masterful strokes on the canvas, it seems.

At the moment, the band are offering Essence's first single, "Fight For What's Right" as the introduction to to their sound. The song is an absolutely gorgeous listen, full of warm acoustics, dramatic orchestrations, and Roseanna's rangy vocals. Running through it all is a real sense of showmanship...seems the band's theatrical background is paying off. Dynamics shoot to the moon, only to fall back from whence they came a moment later.

More powerful are the song's lyrics, which fit nicely into whatever narrative "fighting for what's right" starts playing in your head. I think "Fight For What's Right" is a very powerful song," Roseanna tells us. "I think it will connect to a lot of people, and it connects to us. It was the last song we wrote and I think we're all very emotionally connected to it. It's just got a vibe about it".

Indeed it does. Have a look at the recent sunny and soft session that set our hearts aflutter and do be sure to pick up their debut album Essence when it's released later this year in The States.

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