Ripe have announced the release of their second studio album, Bright Blues, arriving via Glassnote Records on Friday, March 10, 2023. Pre-orders/pre-saves are available now.
Bright Blues sees the alternative-pop band pushing their already buoyant sound towards new heights with sleek grooves, bold melodies, and an all-encompassing approach that truly showcases the full scope of their wide-ranging musical vision. Highlights include such recently released tracks as “Noise in the Forest“ and “Settling,” the latter of which was greeted by applause from Melodic Magazine, which wrote “A jubilant display of horns and guitar, ‘Settling’ attempts to push away restrictive thoughts or feelings. The track is all about living a fulfilling life, not settling or stopping for anyone who gets in your way.” “Settling” arrived alongside an official music video streaming now via YouTube. In addition, Ripe recently shared a stripped-down acoustic rendition of “Settling,” streaming now. “Settling” is seeing a lot of early success at radio with the song cracking the Top 15 at SiriusXM's Alt Nation and being featured on its “Critical Cut” list. It’s also Top 15 at AAA and is Top 25 at Alt Mediabase with over 16k spins and over 15 million impressions.
LISTEN TO “NOISE IN THE FOREST”
LISTEN TO “SETTLING”
WATCH “SETTLING (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)”
WATCH “SETTLING (ACOUSTIC)”
Widely known for their inspired, high-energy live show, Ripe will mark the arrival of Bright Blues with a North American headline tour, getting underway March 28, 2023, at Dallas, TX’s Deep Ellum Art Co. and then traveling through late April featuring such venues as the brand-new MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston, Terminal 5 in New York City, and the Fillmore in San Francisco. In the meantime, Ripe will be featured on several radio shows, beginning November 30 at Fort Wayne, IN’s Clyde Theatre and then continuing into December. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, November 18 at 10am (local). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.ripetheband.com/tour.
RIPE TOUR 2022-2023
30 – Fort Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
1 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
3 – Peoria, IL – Scottish Rite Theatre
5 – Boulder, CO – Boulder, Theater
10 – Portsmouth, NH – The Snow Ball @ Cisco Brewers
28 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co.
29 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
31 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
1 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
2 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station
3 – Charleston, SC – Pour House
5 – Detroit, MI – El Club
6 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
7 – Toronto, Canada – Danforth Music Hall
8 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
12 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
13 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club
14 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl
15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
18 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
19 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
21 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
22 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
23 – Kansas City, KS – Record Bar
24 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
25 – Salt Lake City, UT – Soundwell
27 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
29 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
26-30 – Floyd, VA – Floyd Fest *
* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE
Ripe first united at Berklee College of Music and almost immediately began drawing acclaim and a fervent fan following for their horn-blasted fusion of deep funk, soulful jazz, pure pop melodies, and kaleidoscopic improvisation. The band – currently comprising singer Robbie Wulfsohn, guitarist Jon Becker, drummer Sampson Hellerman, and trombonist Calvin Barthel – honed their unstoppable sound over a pair of well-received EPs and countless live shows, whipping increasingly packed houses into a frenzy with relentless grooves and a surprising knack for infectious songcraft.
Hailed by Boston’s WGBH as “teeming with a pop swagger, confidence, and total self-assuredness,” 2018’s Joy in the Wild Unknown proved a milestone debut album for Ripe, demonstrating an equally imaginative approach towards the studio by folding elements of classic R&B into their already inclusive musical palette. The band soon saw their global streams surge past 65M, fueled in part by nearly non-stop touring which saw them light up stages across America with sold-out headline shows and show-stealing sets at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Firefly, Boston Calling, Austin City Limits, and BottleRock, to name only a few.
Bright Blues now sees Ripe pushing its music forward in unexpected directions despite having weathered a mountain of adversity over recent years, from a shifting lineup to a global pandemic that made recording a logistically complex bicoastal project. Eager to create something truly unique, the band enlisted rising pop producer/songwriters – and Berklee classmates – Noah Conrad (BTS, Niall Horan) and Ryan Linvill (Olivia Rodrigo, Dermot Kennedy), who helped infuse songs like “All or Nothing” and the hypnotic “Paper Cups” with an adventurous, self-assured creativity unlike anything they’d previously attempted in the studio.
“We thought, how can we do something new?” drummer Sampson Hellerman says. “Something that still has our sound and vibe at its core, how can we expand our boundaries and reach more audiences while still staying true to what makes Ripe Ripe?”
“The wildest thing for me is that the record simultaneously sounds like it has the scars of everything we’ve been through and also that it doesn’t,” says singer Robbie Wulfsohn. “It’s joyful music, which is very exciting given that it was made in the middle of getting hit in the stomach.”