The Rua Perform Tracks From Upcoming Album, ‘Essence,’ at CMJ
The Rua might look like another sweet family band, but the Irish trio proved they were much more than that on Thursday evening (Oct. 23) at New York City's CMJ Music Marathon.
Performing at SubCulture, Roseanna, Alanna and Jonathan Brown -- along with Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison and drummer Clive Deamer, who's worked with Radiohead and Portishead -- performed tracks from their upcoming debut album, 'Essence,' out via FOD Records. The set included their current single, 'Fight for What's Right.'
While there are classical elements to their sound with Jonathan's violin and Alanna's piano playing, the guitar, bass and drums bring in the rock element and gives them anthemic and rock sound on tracks like 'Hear Them Calling' and 'Into the Crowd,' which they wrote with Harrison.
The Rua also showed their softer sides on ballads like 'Standout,' which was inspired by a relative who always looked on the brighter side of things despite being diagnosed with cancer, as well as a stripped down version of 'Clarity,' by Zedd featuring Foxes, which showcases Roseanna's delicate yet strong vocals.
The Rua's Fleetwood Mac-like vibe, meticulous playing, tight harmonies and great songs will surely make them a band to watch out for in the coming months.
Check out photos and get the setlist from the Rua's show below:
The Rua -- New York City's SubCulture
The Rua -- Setlist, Oct. 23, 2014
'Into the Crowd'
'Fire and Lies'
'Clarity' (Zedd featuring Foxes Cover)
'Hear Them Calling'
'Fight for What's Right'