Timeless folk inspired by gatekeepers of acoustica such as Vashti Bunyan, Ru's haunting melodies and atmospheric guitars speak of Scandinavian wilderness and cold, roiling seas. We chat folk heroes and inviting grandparents to gigs.

RU band

Tell us a little about your band.
In the song writing process it’s a solo project, which live becomes a collective. However, I like to think of the character Ru as a fairytale figure, who comes to life through music. 

Sound-wise, it’s a mixture of dreamy pop and raw folk, with a pinch of Tim Burtonesque cinema.

What’s been your best moment as a band?
I was on tour in Mexico in January and one night we played a duo show at this venue up in the mountains, just next to a very big lake. The venue is a mescal bar with an outdoor backyard and a pretty surreal place. I really don’t know what happened, but there was some very strange and intense presentism going on. It felt like we weren’t playing the music, but the music was playing us, haha. Anyhow, it was such a perfect setting to play a concert; right under the stars, with an open fire. Crazy psychedelic colours and all these lovely people surrounding us. 

How do you prepare for a gig?
Hmm, I don’t know. Drink water. I also like to watch some live clips of Patti Smith on YouTube: always gets me in the groove.

If you could have anyone in the audience at Bang On fest for your set, who would you choose and why?
My grandparents; they’re unquestionably great. Actually, all bands should bring their grandparents to the Bang On Fest, because old people are fun and full of wisdom. And they probably don’t get invited to shows that often.

What does Bang On Fest mean to you?
I think it is such an important and cool initiative. The lack of equal gender representation, especially in festival lineups, is a big issue! Even though we have seen some positive movements lately, for example Keychange initiative, this transformation is going way too slow. It’s really time we start recognising the barriers that female artists are facing in the music industry, because there is still very problematic ongoing sexism.

Bang On Fest is all about promoting women in music. Favourite female artist?
Um. This is hard because I listen mainly to female artists nowadays: Sóley, Joanna Newsom, Björk, Ólöf Arnalds, Vashti Bunyan, JFDR, Fever Ray. This list could really go on forever, but yeah, all of these artists are very singular sounding in my opinion.

What can people look forward to about your set?
Excitement, fear, picking guitars, lullabies and a touch of psychedelia.

Catch Ru at Bang On Fest, April 7th.