The Ruby Suns
|The Ruby Suns|
(Ryan McPhun & The Ruby Suns)
|Years active||2003 - present|
Lil' Chief Records|
Academy Fight Song
|Website||The Ruby Suns|
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, The Tokey Tones, and The Reduction Agents.
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.
In 2007, The Ruby Suns signed to American record label Sub Pop for the US and Asia. 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 29 January 2013. The track "In Real Life" was featured on the updated soundtrack to Rockstar Games' re-released Grand Theft Auto V, and can be heard on the in-game radio station Radio Mirror Park.
McPhun had moved to Oslo, Norway by the time he recorded the band's fifth album, Sprite Fountain, which was released on 9 June 2017. It also features contributions
- The Ruby Suns (2005) Lil' Chief Records
- Sea Lion (2008) Lil' Chief Records
- Fight Softly (2010)
- Christopher (2013)
- Sprite Fountain (2017)