An elegiac meditation on the death of a friend and bandmate. Martin Ruby’s new video for ‘Rusty Trucks and Daisies’ is a tribute to his late friend Molly. As he laments in the back seat of a New York taxi, he visits faded scenes of the American plains. His voice rasps the lyrics in a subdued but heartfelt performance that echoes Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. As well as singing, Ruby performed all of the instruments that set the melancholy scene for his vocal.
“There were these phone calls in the middle of the night. Molly was dead. We had just gotten back to talking again, putting the past in place, cracking jokes about the old days when we played at CBGBs,” Marco North, the voice behind Martin Ruby explains. The track was mastered by none other than Oz Fritz, a celebrated engineer who has recorded and mixed for Tom Waits (Mule Variations), Iggy Pop, Bill Laswell, and the Ramones. Check it out.