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New Zealand's The Ruby Suns have been together since 2004. Originally known as Ryan McPhun and the Ruby Suns, the band was quickly signed to Lil' Chief Records in New Zealand. In 2007, they were signed to Sub Pop Records, who released their second full-length, Sea Lion, in January 2008.
The Ruby Suns draw from a wide-range of influences: “Pop music, noise, psychedelia, flamenco, South Pacific, southern Africa, home recording, hiking, travelling, animals, beaches, vegetarian food, especially falafel," many of which can easily be heard in their music. The sounds created on Sea Lion are incredibly unique, drawing comparisons to everything from The Beach Boys and Paul Simon's Graceland to "the orchestral experimentation of The Olivia Tremor Control". Check out the video to "Tane Mahuta":