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| 1 February 2013 | Reply

Self released
Released: 2011
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Ruby Boots - At Last EP

Ruby Boots – Bex Chilcott, Eliza Rogers, Clay Smith, Tim Stacey. Ashwin Subramaniam and Jesse Woodward – got their second alt-country EP down in 2011, and it’s a little humdinger, full of bright and sunny violin-filled stompers.

Chilcott’s vocals lead from the front, her knack with a vocal melody and acoustic guitar setting the pace for these six catchy ditties, but every member of the band contributes to the warmth and fun on offer.

From the hoe down-goodness of track one, Devil, through the more mournful, heartstring-tugging Baby, where Chilcott’s Aussie twang meets a country drawl there’s a real point of difference to Ruby Boots which sets them above their peers – call it natural talent, energy and exuberance, or just bloody good songs.  Whatever it is, Ruby Boots have it.

Wise Up is an instant hit, with a lilting and irresistible chorus, while Sweet Time and Small City Blues are more straight country and country blues, respectively, each evoking a warmth before At Last finishes all too soon.  With this having been recorded in 2011, Ruby Boots are definitely due some new product, and with their live performances just getting better and better, it will doubtless be well worth waiting for.

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