The Ruby Beats is Missy Belmont on Vocals, Piano and Ukulele, and Steph Fitzpretzel on drums – together they're performing a playlist of revolutionary songs. We spoke to them about their upcoming show.
Every generation has its own revolutionary songs. What do you think are the revolutionary songs of today?
Ruby Beats: Strong Feminist anthems like Beyoncé's "Run The World" and "Independent Women", and even the Divinyls "I Touch Myself" – a celebration of self love.
You plan to feature a number of guest musicians and activists on your show. Who should we expect to see?
RB: Still trying to secure the last few spots in the show but have Jose Leon joining us on Bass Guitar and Richard "Boof" Bethune joining us on Baritone Sax.
How did you get started? How long have you been performing together for?
RB: We've been performing together for four years on the pub and cabaret circuit. We were introduced through a mutual friend and hit it off musically straight away – Stef never misses a beat! For us, the Plebiscite was what really motivated us to do this show.
What’s the biggest accolade you’ve received for your work?
RB: Never really received accolades as such, we're always described in reviews as being high energy with tight musicianship.
What’s the best way to spend a lazy Sunday?
RB: Eating great food, jamming some music and possibly a swim at the beach. I'm not very good at being lazy.
If you could only champion one cause, which one would it be?
RB: Equality and empathy for all. I feel like that covers lots of different problem issues at the moment.
The Ruby Beats are performing Singin' 'Bout A Revolution over three nights at the Adelaide Wine Centre. Tickets can be purchased here.