Multi-instrumentalist/songwriter siblings Henry and Rupert Stansall, known by the amalgam Ruen Brothers, are making a mark with a throwback rock & roll sound that intersects the early days of the genre with a dynamic present day act. Raised on a steady diet of The Rolling Stones and The Everly Brothers in their blue-collar hometown of Scunthorpe, England, the brothers' artistic background and pedigree come into full focus on their debut All My Shades of Blue, produced by Rick Rubin and featuring Henry on acoustic guitar and Rupert on electric & acoustic guitar, harmonica, and bass. It also includes the talents of such boldface names as Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums, Dave Keuning (The Killers) on strings and Ian McLagan (Faces/Small Faces) on keyboards.
"I liked that their songwriting seemed like it was from another era," explains Rubin. "It's making something new again with these traditional influences." Henry notes, "The album was recorded using all real instruments and a live band, resulting in a different sound than what's present in much of today's popular music." Adds Rupert of the collaboration, "It was incredibly exciting – he's worked with some of our favorite artists of all time and is such a versatile producer. He helped us recognize the strength of Henry and I playing and singing together; it was a foundation to build upon and the guidance we needed."