Singer/songwriter Jessie McKenna began singing along to her mom’s Suzanne Vega tapes at four and wrote her first song, now lost to history, at six. By age thirteen, Jessie had an electric bass she played like a rhythm instrument, and began writing what would become a catalog of dozens of thoughtful, melodic rock songs ranging from lighthearted to darkly beautiful, sometimes within the same song.
In the summer of 2002, Jessie put together a band in an attempt to bring her songs to life, ans soon after, Jessie’s mom, Marti McKenna, joined the group on backing vocals. By the summer of 2003 the band prepared to go into the studio for the first time. Performing as Jessie McKenna and Her Band (JMaHB), the lineup included Ricochet Biscuit members Ric Neil, Brian Ochs, and Evan Middlesworth, and produced the Deluded EP (recorded at Hype Schwartz Productions). In January of 2004 the McKenna girls split off to perform as an acoustic act. They became Ruby Shuz in July of 2004.
Bassist Brandon Koeller joined the band in the summer of 2005, bringing a spirit and enthusiasm that, along with his solid bass lines, fuels the band’s fire on stage.
Soon after joining the band, Brandon brought drummer Ben Anderson into the mix. A member of the Seattle Seahawks Drumline, Ben’s dynamic beats and humor drive the music and stir the band’s chemistry during every performance.
In early 2006, Andrew Benton joined the band on lead guitars. Today, his guitar work is an integral part of each Ruby Shuz song.
Ruby Shuz has just wrapped up production on a full-length album. Stay tuned for more info and release date.
Ruby Shuz Mission Statement:
Ruby Shuz may spell a bit funny, and we may like to giggle in our beer sometimes, but in a pinch, we always have your back. We aren’t from space, and we don’t wear eye makeup. Well, some of us wear eye makeup, but it isn’t much, and you’ll have to decide who is wearing it at any given show. We’re not macho, and we aren’t going to scare your kids. We write about the things in our lives, and most likely about things that you experience. Our music is about love, fear, joy, sex, anger, and cute cartoon characters. Like everyone else, we dig a lot of different kinds of music, so we use a wide variety of musical styles to express ourselves. Our message is that life is complicated, but that we generally dig it, and we think it is cathartic, or fun, or sensible to talk about our shared experiences with you. We wake up in the morning feeling a bit disco, then folksy around lunch. Our evenings are rock, with a touch of metal, and a tablespoon of sweet alternative pop. We are all kind of girly, but can rock a mustache with the best of them. We are the opposite of a thematic band. Ruby Shuz is a band of the people, for the people, and we’ve come to have a conversation with you, over a pitcher of Newcastle.