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Cork band get back in the saddle

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018 4:34pm

As comebacks go, there’s few better ways than to hit the top of the charts.

Cork band Rubyhorse have just done that with their new single ‘I Wanna Get Lost’, which last week reached number one in the iTunes Irish Chart.

The nostalgia-infused pop song is the comeback single from the band who took the US by storm back in the late 1990s.

Coming off scant airplay thus far, and with little PR push other than from the band themselves, the song hit the top of the iTunes Irish Charts last weekend, something guitarist Joe Philpott says he simply wasn’t expecting.

“We knew it was a very good song, and one our fanbase would connect with, but we certainly weren’t ready for the chart reception,” he says.

“I woke up to texts of congratulations and I was wondering what I’d done!”

Rubyhorse carved out a formidable reputation on the live circuit in the US and were on the cusp of huge success thanks to their single ‘Sparkle’, which hit the Billboard Top 20 in 2002.

National tours, support slots with the likes of REM and appearances on both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s talk shows ensued but, it transpired, this horse wasn’t built to last.

At least not back then. Long since living Leeside again and with careers and families, the band has never lost the thirst for music, and ‘I Wanna Get Lost’ is the latest in a triumphant return which saw them play several sold out shows this year.

The band aren’t horsing around by any means, either; as well as recording a video for the song, due for release this week, they will also play a couple of gigs at the White Horse in Ballincollig in two weeks before returning to Dublin’s iconic Whelan’s the following week, and Joe adds that more music is in the pipelines.

“We’re really just enjoying the process of making music now, rather than feeling rushed into recording because we’re on a time limit or anything,” he says of future plans. “Why bother putting something out unless it’s good or better than before?”

Rubyhorse play the White Horse in Ballincollig on Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 September.

The first gig is sold out, and tickets for the second show are available from

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