Philly Psych Band to Release New LP, ‘Planetary Space Child’, August 25
RUBY THE HATCHET (photo: Mike Petzinger)
Philadelphia psych rock quintet RUBY THE HATCHET will release its new album, Planetary Space Child, on August 25 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded in an 1800’s era estate deep in the Pennsylvania woods with engineers Joe Boldizar (Retro City Studios), Zach Goldstein (Kawari Sound), and the band’s own Sean Hur,the record is the product of several weeks of self-imposed isolation. Planetary Space Child showcases seven richly layered songs that unite heavy, doomy psychedelia with acid rock, proto-prog and melodic, hypnotic songcraft. Today, RUBY THE HATCHET releases “Killer”, the first single from the new LP; hear it now at THIS location.
“There’s an infatuation with serial killers among us and I was into the Zodiac Killer while writing “Killer”, comments vocalist Jillian Taylor. “They never caught him, you know. Late 60’s to early 70’s in northern California. Right between the Kennedy assassination and the Manson murders. This is when people started locking their doors. Summer of love and all. The Zodiac targeted happy couples, taunted police and claimed 37 murders, but no one could find or prove them all. He was cryptic. He used cyphers and cryptograms to send to news outlets. He made a symbol for himself and left it at his crime scenes. I think he wanted to be caught, and that the touch of a woman would terrify him.”
Taking advantage of the century-plus-old manor’s natural acoustics, inherent eeriness and custom-built control room, Planetary Space Child sees RUBY THE HATCHETelevate its sound to hallucinogenic new heights. Boasting a bouncy creepiness, weighty sonic palette and dark, lush layers of experimentation, the album’s bulk forges a hypnotic, head-nodding nirvana while electric vocalist Jillian Taylor spins haunting tales of dreams and death; her voice layered in hazy smoke that infuses the sound of the band with an otherworldly element.
Planetary Space Child is the follow-up to RUBY THE HATCHET’s critically lauded sophomore LP, Valley of the Snake (Tee Pee Records, 2015), hailed by Verbicide as “a commanding display of hard rock.” Of their last LP, The Obelisk mused “If ‘right now’ has a sound somewhere within heavy or heavy psychedelic rock, it probably isn’t far off from what Philadelphia’s RUBY THE HATCHET conjure.” With Planetary Space Child, RUBY THE HATCHET has defined itself as more than current, toeing the line between past and present while pushing towards the outer reaches of its unique psych rock universe. Moving forward without compromise, it’s clear that RUBY THE HATCHET aren’t just staying present or looking ahead; they’re simply breaking away.
1.) Planetary Space Child
2.) Killer (listen HERE)
3.) Pagan Ritual
4.) The Fool
5.) Symphony of the Night
7.) Lightning Comes Again
On August 17, RUBY THE HATCHET will perform alongside Mastodon, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, SLEEP and more as one of the featured acts at the 2017 Psycho Las Vegas Festival, set for August 18-20. For more details, visit this location.
About RUBY THE HATCHET
Psychedelic space rockers RUBY THE HATCHET are one of heavy music’s finest on-the-rise bands. Evoking a decade’s worth of growth and maturity gained in just a few short years, the genesis from the band’s 2011 self-titled EP to present day has been nothing short of stunning. Forming after a series of New Jersey basement practices, this doomy quintet bring an organ-driven Deep Purple groove, wailing female vocal harmonies and fuzzy guitar and bass tones that are nostalgic, but not dated. RUBY THE HATCHET conjure occult-flavored, evil hard rock with hypnotic and mythical lyrics into a witches’ brew of ominous, wild rock sounds. The band’s sophomore LP, Valley of the Snake was released in 2015 and catapulted the group into the ears and consciousness of the global heavy music scene. After two years of heavy worldwide touring, which saw RUBY THE HATCHET hit the road with Black Mountain, Earthless, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and The Sword, the quintet recorded their new LP, Planetary Space Child, set for release on August 25, 2017.