Tiny Ruins

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Tiny Ruins
OriginAuckland, New Zealand
Genresindie folk
Years active2009–present
LabelsSpunk, Milk! Records, Marathon Artists, Ba Da Bing!
MembersHollie Fullbrook (vocals, guitar)
Cass Basil (bass)
Alexander Freer (drums)
Tom Healy (guitar)

Tiny Ruins are a musical ensemble from Auckland, New Zealand.


Tiny Ruins began as an alias for singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, who recorded as a solo artist prior to 2009.[1] Fullbrook recorded a collaborative EP with singer-songwriter Lieven Scheerlink in 2010 under the name Tiny Ruins and toured Europe for the first time with him and Ana Franco from Coffee & Wine.[2] Following that, she recorded a full-length, Some Were Meant for Sea in 2011. Following the release of Some Were Meant for Sea, Tiny Ruins opened for Fleet Foxes and toured internationally with Calexico and Beach House.[1] After adding Cass Basil and Alexander Freer to the lineup, Tiny Ruins recorded a second album, Brightly Painted One, which was released in 2014.[3][4] Guitarist Tom Healy and violinist Siobhanne Thompson performed on the album and appeared with the group on subsequent tours.[5] Brightly Painted One was awarded Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in November 2014.[6]

In 2016, Hollie Fullbrook teamed up with Hamish Kilgour and former Terrorways, Gary Havoc & The Hurricanes[7][8] drummer Gary Hunt for the Hurtling Through release.[7]


Title Release info Year Notes
Some Were Meant for Sea Spunk Records (URA3651), Own Records (OWNVIN63) 2011 Luxembourg release, UK release
Chart: NZ #35[9]
Brightly Painted One Flying Nun Records (FNLP452M)
Spunk Records (URA4551, URA436)
Arch Hill Recordings (URA436)
2014 New Zealand release, Australia release
Chart: NZ #19[9]
Olympic Girls Ba Da Bing Records 2019 NZ #11
Title Release info Year Format Notes
Little Notes
(with A Singer of Songs)
Underused Records (USED005), HI54LOFI Records (USED005) 2010 CD UK release
Limited run of 500
Haunts Spunk Records (URA4231) 2013 10" Australia release
Hurtling Through Bella Union (Bella515V)
Flying Nun Records (FN558)
Spunk Records (URA481)
2015 12" UK release, Australia release
Title Release info Year Format Notes
"Dream Wave" / "Dream Wave" (instrumental) Bella Union (BELLA567V) 2016 7" Released: 10 June 2016


  1. ^ a b Tiny Ruins at Allmusic
  2. ^ Ruíz, Julio (14 June 2010). "Ana, Lieven y Hollie o tres canta-autores unidos – Disco Grande". blog.rtve.es. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ Review, NME
  4. ^ Review, Pop Matters
  5. ^ Live Review, New Zealand Herald
  6. ^ Tiny Ruins wins VNZMA for Best Alternative Album. 3News, 20 November 2014.
  7. ^ a b Radio New Zealand Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour
  8. ^ Simon Grigg The Terrorways (12.78 – 11.79)
  9. ^ a b Search for Tiny Ruins at Charts.org.nz