The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
The Ruby Spirit
Born Under a Veil
By Jessica Lewis
Toronto, ON’s the Ruby Spirit are bursting at the seams with colour and theatricality, ingredients that will hopefully get them far someday. You can feel the itch to break out, but for now, they’re tied to home. First known as Sadie May Crash, they’ve honed these six rock songs over the last few years ― there’s enough space to pay attention to each element, but they’ll keep you coming back for more and singing along. Paige Boy’s vocals are strong and sharp, guitarist Alex Pulec’s shredding carries the songs, while Juliana Eye’s synths bring the bouncy trance and Michael McDonnell and Jason Cipparrone man the sturdy backbone of bass and drums. Each track demonstrates how to be charismatic without the gimmicks via paired melodies, interesting storytelling and commanding personality, and now we’re the ones itching for more. Let’s hope that if they do leave Canada, they won’t forget us. (Independent)