Hi-Hat Recordings artist Spookey Ruben returns to delight us once again with his knack for colouring outside current musical trends: June 2nd marks the release of Mechanical Royalty (via Sonic Unyon), an album that skips merrily through the garden of musical genres, paying tribute to everything from Yacht Rock to death metal.

At the heart of the album lies the seven chapter prog rock epic 16min title track where Spookey Ruben tackles a genre forever riddled with ridicule. With its 12-keyboards-and-a-robe-and-a-30-ft-dragon-on-stage guise, Spookey, historically attracted to projects that absolutely don't fit in the hipster category, manages to tantalize once again with his latest pièce de résistance.

"You can't help but recognize Spookey Ruben as eccentricity in its purest form."
- allmusic guide

Mechanical Royalty (a pun, alluding not only to the album cover and storyline of the title track, but also to a music business term) is an intense 70s/80s rollercoaster ride, but its Spookey's point of view that makes it feel inviting and brand new, consistently dishing up his excitement for music in his own special heartfelt way.

"Pop Fantasia Genius"
- Mojo Magazine

In addition to his musical prowess, Spookey is the mastermind behind ‘Spookey Ruben’s Dizzy Playground’ (AUX.tv/Exclaim.ca), an ongoing series of short films guest starring notable musicians like Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), John McEntire (Tortoise/The Sea and Cake), Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins). Upcoming episodes will include Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy), Brian Borcherdt (Holy F*ck) and Leslie Feist (Feist).

On top of all this good stuff Spookey Ruben is hitting the road for a not-to-be-missed tour.
Do yourself a favour and catch him live at one of these dates:

May 29th – Toronto, ON – Gladstone Hotel (TOUR LAUNCH PARTY)
June 2nd – Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Loplops
June 3rd – Thunder Bay, ON – Kilroys
June 4th – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret
June 5th – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
June 6th – Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 8th – Nanaimo, BC – Queen’s Inn
June 9th – Victoria, BC – Logans
June 10th –Vancouver, BC – Biltmore
June 11th – Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
June 13th – Calgary, AB – Marquee Room
June 18th – Toronto, ON – NXNE
June 19th – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
June 21st – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn

For music and more info go here: http://www.myspace.com/spookeyruben