What's a nice Scottish girl doing supporting Rock The Vote
in America? Sure, sure she's getting tons of exposure appearing on the bill
with the Yanks, but Ruby's Leslie Rankine is something of an expatriate, having
lived in Seattle this past year to be near her collaborator, co-producer, and
soul mate Mark Walk. No they're not that kind of mates, but they do have a very
deep abiding, and from the sounds of Salt Peter, a fruitful friendship.
Walk, who doesn't perform with Ruby, is involved in Welt with former Skinny
Puppy principal, Ogre. Walk isn't performing in this outfit either. Rather he's
co-writing, creating samples and producing for his old friend, Ogre, and from
all accounts, they've made some really riveting sounds. Ruby has been wowing
almost everyone she meets on this tour, with her irreverent sense of humor, her
bluntness, and her electric stage performance. David Byrne was in the crowd at
New York's Mercury Lounge last week, where Leslie and friends kicked off their
small showcase tour. Byrne was overheard telling friends, that he was "in awe.
She's just brilliant." Another admirer in the crowd was En Esch from the
seminal industrial band