Lesley Rankine is Ruby. She began her career as the lead singer of noise band Silverfish in London, leaving after the release of the album Organ Fan (1993, Creation Records). She was involved in Pigface, the loose knit industrial noise collaboration of Trent Reznor and Martin Atkins of PIL. She subsequently moved to Seattle and joined producer Mark Walk, a former bandmate in Pigface, to create her solo project, Ruby. They decided on the name Ruby, as it was shared by both of their grandmothers.
Ruby’s first release was the acclaimed electronic-downtempo-trip hop album Salt Peter (1995, Sony/Work). The collection was created almost entirely electronically, employing computers without a band, though she did perform with a band in concert. The single “Tiny Meat” was a Modern Rock hit, with heavy support from major market alternative radio stations. The remix album, Revenge, The Sweetest Fruit followed in (1996). Ruby's second and last album was Short-staffed at the GenePool (2001), followed by Altered and Proud, the Short Staffed Remixes (2001).
Lesley’s other notable projects include an appearance on Monster Voodoo Machine's Suffersystem (1994, Chicago Trax), which won a Juno Award; a duet with Tom Jones on a cover of the “Kung Fu Fighting”, and a Mountain Dew commercial appearance singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", directed by Samuel Bayer.
2013 marks a renaissance for Ruby, taking touches from the past to emerge anew in the present. Always progressive with the use of technology in music, Lesley has more ways to play than ever. Her process will reveal regular audio and visual releases, collaborations, and connections with new fans and longtime followers.
WAITING FOR LIGHT
Its hold is forgotten
All damage and wear is untold
It won't come round here again
I have fallen from a great height
And I'm lying in water -- Waiting for light
This path, so dark and heavy
Don't think I'll walk this way again
It rains in me, it rains in me
I am without love - and it rains in me, here
Lying in water -- waiting for light
I'm lying in water -- waiting for light
My heart is gutted, arms lie empty by my side
Darling - all love has died
And I'm lying in water
Waiting for light