RUBY GILL Owns Her Fears On New Track ‘Public Panic Attacks’

Public Panic Attacks is the latest offering from South African-Australian songwriter Ruby Gill, an impeccably catchy confessional about – of course – having a panic attack in public. Carried by Ruby’s characteristic vocals, driving guitar, minimalist production and the occasional cowbell-in-cheek, the anxiety anthem is sure to earn a place in hearts and blood pressure readings this month.

On writing the track, the Joburg-born songwriter explains that she was having a full-blown panic attack in a public parking lot when she thought to herself, “interesting – this is not the first time I’ve had a panic attack in a public parking lot. I had to start figuring out exactly why I kept freaking out and how to make it stop.”

“Is it the party, or is it love?” she questions in the chorus. “Am I scared of coming home?” Open about her experiences with anxiety and PTSD, Ruby has found a small solace in her songwriting as a tool to calm the farm. Plus some “hectic professional therapy, and birdwatching” she says. A portion of sales for Public Panic Attacks will go to Djirra – a local organisation supporting Aboriginal women’s safety and wellbeing, particularly when it comes to family violence and child protection.

Recorded in Naarm/Melbourne alongside Tim Harvey (Lisa Mitchell, Emma Louise), Public Panic Attacks comes after a run of acclaimed releases that have earned Ruby millions of streams and radio play on every station in Australia (and beyond), from triple j, Double J and ABC Radio National to US tastemaker KCRW. She has appeared on stages around the world, from Oppikoppi to Woodford, and supported the likes of Lime Cordiale, Didirri, Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and The Teskey Brothers, with Emerging Artist of the Year at Port Fairy Folk Festival to her name. She recently made her international showcase debut at Folk Alliance International and will join the much-anticipated Supergroup lineup (Tim Minchin, Middle Kids, Ngaiire) in August.

Public Panic Attacks follows Champion Ruby, the April launch of which sold out in Naarm, a few months after last year’s compelling single about male power, pressure and coercion in the music industry, You Should Do This For A Living. The offering featured Angie McMahon and Maple Glider and earned her the Feature Artist spot on triple j Unearthed, playlisting from Spotify, Apple and Amazon and acclaim from The Guardian, Fashion Journal and NME. Double J’s Zan Rowe called it “one of the best songs you’ll hear.” Before that in 2018, Ruby’s debut Your Mum garnered millions of streams, rave reviews and a full add from triple j in its first week.


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