Off The Record :: The Ruby Suns (New Zealand)

Off The Record is a recurring feature here on the Drunkard that marries two of my greatest interests; music and travel. Having a locals perspective when visiting a new locale is the difference between experiencing it through the lens of a tourist and of that of a native.

Off The Record gathers some of my favorite artists, asks them to reflect on their city of residence, and choose a handful of places they could not live without -- be them bookstores, bars, restaurants or vistas.

In the late 90s, while in school, my wife spent a year living in Australia; while there she took many side-trips to New Zealand. Her tales and photographs, coupled with the below guide from the Ruby Suns Ryan McPhun, have about convinced me to drop everything, load up a backpack and catch the next flight out of LAX. But alas, I cannot, so this amazing entry into our Off The Record series will have to do.

The Ruby Suns third LP, Fight Softly, drops March 2nd via Sub Pop and the band begins their American tour March 11th.

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