Up and coming multi-genre artist Christina Rubino, from Brooklyn, New York, is back in the scene with a fresh sound – with her brand new single, “Down to the Sea”, along with its music video. The song was unveiled ahead of her full-length album ”Godspeed and Guns”, which dropped on Valentines Day, February 14.
Listen to Christina Rubino’s new single “Down to the Sea” now:
Christina is a singer-songwriter who rolls with a lot of musical genres, including Rock, Americana, Acoustic, Rockabilly, Country, Folk-punk, and indie-folk. Her name has been mentioned alongside artists like Johnny Cash, Linda Perry, Concrete Blonde, Amanda Palmer, and Jessica Lea Mayfield. Christina was featured as one of Guitar Girl Mag’s top 10 artists to watch in 2015.
Christina’s music video for “Down to the Sea” opens with the Brooklyn musician playing the piano as she soulfully sings her heart out. The story begins with Christina waking up in a seaside town. She goes around walking and exploring the place, all the way up to the beach. Ending up at a live show followed by a fireworks display, she soon makes her leave. The next day, she walks up to the edge of the beach, about to dive into the cold waters, all the way “Down to the Sea” – and she discovers lots of like-minded people by her side, encouraging and supportive of these steps in her journey.
The song “Down to the Sea” has a very strong alternative folk sound, with touches of punk and traditional folk that gradually make their impression. The instruments, especially the guitars and the trumpets, also shine in the background to complement Christina’s deeply moving and powerful vocals.
Christina Rubino, the star of this production, rocks the Guitars and brings in the Vocals; Johnny Phillips (Burlap To Cashmere) plays the Spanish Guitars; Jerry Farley is on the Percussion and the Bass; and Eli Maurer goes with the Trumpets. Joe Consoli gets credits for the writing, while Jerry Farley of the Nova Entertainment Group directed the whole Production.
Watch Christina Rubino’s music video for “Down to the Sea” now:
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York and growing up in a big family, Christina Rubino was raised with her 7 siblings. Her mother is an Irish Catholic, while her father is an Italian immigrant. Though she only realized her passion for music during her teenage years, it didn’t stop her from writing songs at the age of only 17. Starting with the guitar, she began playing within groups as a vocalist and rhythm guitarist.
In 2008, Rubino joined the all-female group Violator, a NYC-based Depeche Mode cover band, as the lead guitarist. Throughout her time with the band, she loved the excitement of travel and live performance, but always longed to return to making original music. 2009 marked the transition by members of Violator to Josephine, an all-female trio in which Rubino, lead vocals and guitars, wrote and collaborated with drummer Tracy Thompkins (Aerial Love Feed, Violator) and bassist Leigh Regan (Violator). After releasing an EP with Josephine in 2009 under Feed that Baby Records, Rubino went on to write and record her debut solo record, “Alive From The Scrap Heap”, in 2014 – before returning to the studio for her 2016 “Godspeed & Guns” release.
Check out Christina’s earlier video for “Godspeed & Guns”, too – directed by Frankie Nasso:
About “Godspeed & Guns”:
With the release of her “Godspeed & Guns” album, Christina Rubino brings a new feel to a classic genre. Lush with addictive progressions, soulful vocals, and an alternative edge, the record boasts the aesthetic of indie rock anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds it all together, much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
In the first single and video release, the album’s title track “Godspeed & Guns”, we see and hear a classic story of our shadow selves. The second single, “Shadow”, released a week before the album, is a hard rock powerhouse playing on the same theme. Complete with a driving back bone and a pop rock attitude, the song seems to breathe and build as it plays on.
The songwriter of Christina’s second single “Shadow” shared this:
“Shadow, in Jungian terms, represents the dark, instinctive and irrational side of the personality. It’s projections remain hidden from our conscious mind – so no matter how we try and escape becoming what we hate, the fact remains that in some sense, we already are just that, becoming more fully the shadow self by trying to escape it. You cannot drive out darkness with darkness – and when you spend your life refusing to see, you lose the ability to see even if you wanted to, which was the ultimate fate of the old man in the song shadow, and the girl in the Godspeed and Guns video.”
Although the singles do speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Rubino is coming from, the album should be heard in its entirety. Songs range from indie folk tunes to dream-like piano ballads, all with a story to tell.
Rubino also joined in, sharing the meaning behind her album:
“A recurring theme in the album are the effects of early childhood trauma, as evidenced in the song ‘Godspeed & Guns’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Feather’ and ‘Ha ha ha’. It is however, not an indication of the actual sound of the album, which changes up frequently and is quite eclectic. The album is able to reach people on a personal level because of the very real, yet seemingly unique scenarios which the characters in the songs find themselves in. These are the scenarios we all experience or even dream about in one form or another, but don’t really talk about.”
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