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Mood swings and cravings

by Shooting Rubys

Power pop rock with hints of Americana twang.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Even If
4:05 $0.99
2. Dream Like You
3:15 $0.99
3. Perfect Mood
3:54 $0.99
4. Bad Days
3:01 $0.99
5. Flash & Fade
4:31 $0.99
6. Out of Touch
3:12 $0.99
7. Enamored
3:45 $0.99
8. Union Square
4:47 $0.99
9. Never Come Around
4:11 $0.99
10. Consequences
3:52 $0.99
11. Something New
3:27 $0.99
12. Well Weathered
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
You are about to purchase a collection of songs that will become a part of the soundtrack to your life. Enjoy. Your only regret will be to not have discovered it earlier.

Shooting Rubys have created a Power Pop / Rhythm Rock / Alternative sound using melody, mature arrangements and vocal harmonies. Each member sharing in the song writing and singing, bringing together four separate voices, letting each track stand on it's own.

To date, Shooting Rubys have collaborated on over 50 songs with a wide variety of distinctive styles. Always evolving, always diverse. Sliding easily from up-tempo guitar twang to mellow acoustic strumming, to a hard edge crunch.

A long collective history of stage experience, playing in various bands and projects has contributed to giving the band a great versatility and confident stage show.

"Mood Swings and Cravings" is a collection of demo recordings recorded in a variety of bedrooms, hallways and living rooms.

We had lots of help from Greg Smith, Rod Shearer (who has worked with Bran Van 3000) and many others.

We hope you enjoy the album.

Shooting Rubys



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A nice country/rock listen!
I was immediately intrigued by the fuzzily somber sound of "Even If", the first track on Mood Swings & Cravings. The song's chorus is pretty standard modern rock, but the lead in to the chorus is fuzzy and slightly distorted, and it drew me in. That same sound closes the song out in a piecy, stop/start fashion.

From there the music takes a left turn into an alt-country, country/rock sound, somewhere between Wilco, the Old 97's and the Refreshments. At the same time, lead vocalist Pat Dube's voice reminds me a bit of the lead singer of Eve 6. The blending of the more straight forward modern rock vocals with the at times alt-country music is very catchy, especially on "Bad Days" and "Well Weathered".

The rest of the disc is a mixture of modern rock and alt-country tracks. "Out of Touch" returns to the fuzzy guitar sound of the intro track, with pounding bass and swift drums added for extra listening pleasure. I pressed repeat on this song quite a few times.

The slightly "lounge" sound of "Enamored" is one of the album's only real missteps. It's sound is very dated and has been done too many times in the past.

"Never Come Around" sounds a bit like a Paul Westerberg tune, with more tuneful and pleasant vocals. Unfortunately the disc we received had a scratch, so I was unable to enjoy this rolling ballad in full.

This was, and will continue to be, a nice country/rock listen. It has an almost 50/50 mixture of the two styles, with the two combining on several tracks. I would suggest that the band think about modernizing their guitar rock sound, because, as pleasant as it is throughout the disc, at times it's a little dated. The alt-country tracks were dead-on!

Steve Donnelly

Fans of catchy guitar rock will not be dissapointed!
Shooting Rubys has a distinctive sound bolstered by solid melodies and harmonies, creative guitar work and a steady rhythm section. Standout songs seem to be the ones effectively capturing a mood, from the melancholy "Never Come Around" to the ironically upbeat "Dream Like You". Fans of catchy guitar rock will not be disappointed.

Dragan Stajic - 106,8 FM Zrenjanin Yugoslavia

Every song sounds fantastic. It's fresh, clear, with nice tunes, good it!

nigel scott

good stuff
great stuff, liked them when they were this sad day & then the griffins, love them now, cheers

Patrick Gervais

Straight-ahead power pop to folksy rock
Veterans of several Montreal area groups, including The Griffins and Glue, the Rubys particular blend of music runs the gamut from straight-ahead power pop to folksy rock to introspective alt-country gems. Amongst several stand-out tracks on their new CD, "Even If" and "Perfect Mood" bear witness to the Rubys ability to craft a catchy, hook laden rock tune while "Never Come Around" is as lilting and
bittersweet an alt-country dirge as you're ever likely to hear. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Shooting Rubys...although poised for bigger and better things, these local boys will no doubt be gracing Montreal clubs all summer long - catch them while you can!


A very Polished effort.
SHOOTING RUBYS "Mood Swings And Cravings" All four members of Montreal's Shooting Rubys write and take a turn on lead vocals. Basically a collection of demo's recorded in 'bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and hallways', it's nonetheless a very polished effort. Opening track "Even If", complete with its' Nirvana bassline and anthemic chorus, is a real storming start. Elsewhere, the bright strumming pop of "Dream Like You" and last track "Well Weathered" stand out and there's also the occasional twang here and there. It's all catchy as hell, chock full of excellent tunes and harmonies. Highly recommended.

T'Cha Dunlevy - Montreal Gazette

Rootsy rock with a good heart
"SUGGESTED LISTENING: Power pop ranging to thinking-man's rock are the watchwords here"... "Montreal's Shooting Ruby's are keeping busy of late, pushing the newly released CD Mood Swings and Cravings - rootsy rock with a good heart"

Not Lame - Fort Collins, Colorado

Very Highly Recommended fix for fans of rootsy jangle pop!
This Canadian band is more than just proficient with their rootsy, 12 string jangle and full bolstered vocal harmonies, they put together a winning and icredibly formula of classic (but competent) Replacements,
Blue Rodeo (a lot!), some early REM, The Windbreakers, Wilco and Ryan Adams. Just consistently excellent songwriting and rootsy charm overflow and hint a band who must rock live."... "Oodles of heartfelt and warmly earnest vocals shine inside all the jangle 'n strum, making this a Very Highly Recommended fix for fans of rootsy jangle pop!

Scott Medvin - Tribune (McGill University) Montreal

A CD full of well crafted, strong songs.
Their power pop style is apparent: strong back beat, solid rhythm guitar work and stereotypical anti-establishment, angst-fuelled lyrics. The harder sound sometimes gave way to syrupy love songs, complete with simple chords and a drum break down. Well-crafted songs with concise melodies are not easy to make, and Shooting Rubys have released a CD full of them.

Ray Gianchetti - Kool Kat Musik, Sewel, New Jersey

Peppy,well-played, hook-filled (lots and lots!), powerful and rootsy at times, guitar-driven indie garage janglepop (whew!) by a band with lots of promise from North of the border!
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