Lesley Rankine is Ruby. She began her career in London as the lead singer of noise band, Silverfish. She is also a first-generation member of Pigface, the loose knit industrial noise collaboration of Trent Reznor and Martin Atkins of PIL. She subsequently moved to Seattle to create her solo project, Ruby.
Ruby’s first release was the acclaimed electronic-downtempo-trip hop album "Salt Peter", a classic of the mid '90's alternative & dance music scenes. The album was one of the earliest albums to be recorded entirely digitally - which was still very innovative at that time. “Salt Peter” & the follow-up "Short-Staffed at the Gene Pool" were remixed by the likes of Primal Scream, the Mekons, and Conor Oberst.
Among Lesley’s other notable projects, a duet with Tom Jones on a cover of the “Kung Fu Fighting” for the Jackie Chan movie “Supercop”, and a Pepsi commercial appearance singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls", directed by Samuel Bayer, which premiered at the Superbowl.
Live, Lesley uses a multitude of electronica including launchpad, home-made synth, layered with live FX, samples and various odd gadgetry, and fuzz guitar.