The Ruby Suns are offering up a different sound since the last time we heard 'em
. "Kingfisher Call Me" isn't playful, giddy or as slapdash as some of the band's earlier work. Instead, the song, from the band's forthcoming album Christopher
, is some pretty serious psyched out electro-soul, bringing with it a video clip starring band leader Ryan McPhun just kind of losing it in the woods.
The Ruby Suns are an indie/pop group from New Zealand. They formed in 2004 when Californian Ryan McPhun moved to Auckland and started playing in several bands such as The Brunettes and The Tokey Tones.
Originally known as Ryan McPhun & the Ruby Suns, they changed to the latter some time in 2006. The Ruby Suns are signed to Lil' Chief Records in New Zealand and Memphis Industries in Britain. In early 2007 the band embarked on their first European tour in support of their self-titled debut album, and in addition to that they did a Take-Away Show video session shot by Vincent Moon. In the latter half of 2007, the band toured with The Shins extensively throughout Australia.
As of 2007, The Ruby Suns are signed to American record label Sub Pop. The band released their second album, Sea Lion, in January 2008. Later that year, the band recorded the song "Don't Touch the Dusty Fruit" to the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival, and the song "Oh, Mojave" was used in the Windows Vista commercial for the Mojave Experiment.
In August 2008 The Ruby Suns contributed their track "There Are Birds" to an indie compilation album Indiecater Vol. 2.
The Ruby Suns' third album is titled Fight Softly and was released on 2 March 2010.
The band's fourth album 'Christopher' was released on 29th January 2013.