Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Rue Snider combines 80s alt sonics with a lyrical style reminiscent of 60s rock revolutionaries.
After touring the country and releasing records consistently for the past four years, Rue has built a loyal fan base and an impressively robust catalog of music. With his forthcoming album City Living, his third full-length record, Rue presents his most musically ambitious, and exciting effort to date.
Heavily influenced by the sounds of the 80s from Cyndi Lauper to R.E.M, City Living presents an aural experience of the downtown Manhattan scene in the mid 2000s brought to living color in 2018. The record, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Langhorne Slim, Hurray For The Riff Raff), was influenced by a formative time in Rue’s life when he moved to New York in 2005 and found himself in an enlivening environment, surrounded by the sensory overload of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. City Living captures this period - a musical snapshot in time.
Rue’s lyrics are informed more often than not by personal life experiences. Broken Window, released in 2016, speaks of his journey to sobriety - a time defined by a hunger for consciousness and by dramatic emotional battles. City Living now serves as the musical prequel to Broken Window. A more upbeat record, City Living is colored by the sometimes blissful ignorance of living life unintentionally before waking up to an awareness of the reckoning and difficult choices that are ahead.
Over the course of his musical career, Rue has garnered critical acclaim having had his music video for “Heaven” win Best Music Video at the Sene Film Fest, his 2015 EP The New New Colossus re-released by Infintesmal Records as a limited edition cassette package, his track "Speak My Mind" chosen as part of the political project "1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs", and enjoyed various press support along the way including that of Al Jazeera English.
"Vamonos," the first single from City Living, released on March 2 of this year.
Rue has shared the stage with Lydia Loveless, Gaelynn Lea, Tom Maxwell (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Superhuman Happiness (Stuart Bogie - Antibalas, Arcade Fire), Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion), Blue Healer, Donna Missal, and Walter Salas-Humara (the Silos).