“She’s fast becoming one of Australia’s most steadfast young songwriters [and] her live shows have been great examples of the natural knack for delivering heartfelt and raw honestly almost effortlessly through her music.” – triple j
“There is an emotional vulnerability to Fields’ delivery [in ‘Dinosaurs’] that is endearing and reflects an ever-increasing maturity to her songwriting.” – The AU Review
“With a rapid rise to fame in just a couple of years, and having managed to assert herself as one of the most down-to-Earth and relatable artists on the scene, Ruby Fields has been able to sell out almost every show on her current tour [in Australia].” – Tone Deaf
After a very successful 2019, Australian singer-songwriter Ruby Fields has hunkered down, perfecting demos with her band, and has delivered another incredible new single to boot along with a video. Pretty Grim comes ready to take over with more creative exploration lyrically and musically for the fiercely independent artist whose success has grown rapidly in just a few years.
The track, written solely by Fields and produced by Chris Collins (Middle Kids, Skegss), is the first release since her ‘Permanent Hermit’ EP in May 2019, which included her viral 2018 single, Dinosaurs, a track that skyrocketed Fields’ success, coming in at #9 on the world’s biggest publicly-voted music poll, triple j, as well as #84 in their Hottest 100 of the Decade, and officially went gold in Australia this year. Despite growing up in the public eye, she remains completely independent with the help of her impressive support network around her in the form of band members Adam Newling (guitar), Tas Wilson (bass guitar), and Pat Rogers (drums). Fields designed the Pretty Grim artwork herself and worked with Wilson and director Jamieson Kerr on the video.
Fields wrote Pretty Grim two years ago when she was 19 and had just gotten off the back of a tour that had her feeling pretty run down. She says: “It’s definitely a song that targets mental health and not yet having found a balance with drinking and so on. From memory, I was a bit lost at the time and hadn’t felt anything in a while. When you’re fresh out of high school and get shoved in front of the country with a megaphone you definitely make some cringe-worthy mistakes. Not too long after I booked my trip to Nepal so I could get off my ass and stop complaining, I threw myself in the deep end and saw some of the most heartbreaking and beautiful things. Definitely shoved me right back into my privilege sized pigeonhole and I came back really determined to write new music.”
Half of the song was recorded about an hour outside of Auckland, New Zealand in a remote town called Waiuku before having to cut it short due to COVID-19 and instead fly back to Byron with her band to finish recording at Coorabell Music Farm. Coincidentally, Ruby Fields really does have a photo of Uluru above her bed, but you’ll have to give her new track a listen to understand that reference.
Hailing from the suburbs of Sydney’s South Coast, Fields creates narratives that people feel a close connection to. Her use of simplistic but poignant lyrics in her work has garnered the attention of the international music industry and fans alike. Combining indie rock chords with punk rock delicacy and delivery, it is easy to see why people started paying attention back in 2017 when triple j played her very first song I Want the same day she uploaded it to Unearthed. The track, along with high-rotation hits like P Plates and Ritalin, appeared on her 2018 debut EP, ‘Your Dad’s Opinion for Dinner’, helping the EP amass over 12 million streams.
Later in 2018 Fields released her career-altering hit single, Dinosaurs, which has amassed over 12 million streams itself across platforms and helped the EP it’s lifted from – 2019’s ‘Permanent Hermit’ – clock in over 15.1 million plays on Spotify. The track, with all its blistering guitars and earworm hooks, also placed at #84 in the Hottest 100 of the decade – an incredible feat for an artist who uploaded her debut single only a year prior.
Two years after earning her well-deserved place in the triple j Hottest 100 in 2018, her fanbase only continued to grow. Since then, Ruby Fields has sold out multiple national tours, she’s performed to 20,000 people at Splendour In The Grass in 2019, toured the UK, performed a coveted Like A Version for triple j, and has been courted by labels in the US.
Fields is launching into the next stage of her career, currently working on her upcoming debut album. Just after she back from a soul-searching expedition to Nepal, she wrote a large part of the record from her farmhouse on a national park cliff edge in Sydney. For Fields, lyrics have always been a central force to her music. Fans over the world have deeply connected to her relatable, stirring lyrics and with her debut album, you can certainly expect to see an even deeper dive into this burgeoning singer-songwriter’s passion for self-exploration. True to Fields’ style, it’s full of relatable anecdotes, festival mosh-worthy moments, escapism and humour, but also features previously unrevealed moments that divulge an entirely new side of Ruby Fields. The upcoming debut primes her not only as an accomplished musical talent and songwriter but also as a complex individual with emotional duality.
Pretty Grim is available now on your favourite streaming services.
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