Many bands make it their mission to break the rules but few accomplish it as seamlessly as experimental rock outfit Ruby Bullet.
The NYC duo of Sterne and Vassil is organic, edgy and mechanical, concocting a timeless mix of eclectic, progressive art rock that is part
bedlam, part beauty. Fluctuating time signatures intertwine with compelling melodies and culminate in an unpretentious and groundbreaking
“trompe l'oreille” writing style. They are inarguably unique and impossible to pin down, drawing genre spanning comparisons to (among
others) Porcupine Tree, Kate Bush, The Mars Volta, Tool, King Crimson, Fugazi, Bjork and Rush.
With a host of talents the unconventional pair exists as a unit nearly unto itself: songwriter Sterne tracks bass, guitars and vocals while
drummer/engineer Vassil records it all in his Mix Magazine profiled Gain Studios. At one time their live performances featured Sterne on
guitar and vocals while playing basslines via foot pedals. They are currently joined on guitar by French phenom Aurelien Budynek (Cindy
“The music is complex on paper but [Vassil and I] actually feel those odd times - which is why it sounds natural,” explains Sterne, who has
been recording and performing with Vassil in various incarnations since 2000. They are classically trained, vendor endorsed “player’s players”
who also have a keen understanding of the importance of songwriting and melody – not a common equation in the rock landscape.
Individually they have shared the stage and studio with acts such as Bill Laswell, Diddy and Bumblefoot.
Ruby Bullet recorded their follow-up EP Splitting Heirs at Gain Studios and released it independently in 2009 through their label Victorious
Pirate. Within the five intelligently rebellious tracks the duo connects jazzy art rock, melodic post-punk and progressive metal. Most recently,
the track “Tell On You” was a featured transcription in Drumhead Magazine. Their critically acclaimed independent debut Nothing Left to
Bleed On was released in 2007.
Both albums have received numerous podcasts and internet radio plays, including: Reaching for Lucidity, Awful Snacks, Eleventh Hour/Sun
103.1/99.5 FM, Expression Radio, BoxxOnline Heavy Metal Show, Bite Size Bonus, Before the Dawn, X-Pat Radio, Nette Radio, iRADIO
LA, Sundown Lounge and theBEAT. The band can be found performing in and around New York City and is currently working on their third