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Spookey Ruben


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Toronto-based pop musician/composer/video artist was born in Ottawa, Canada, grew up in Holland, Germany and Washington D.C.

In the early days, Spookey’s parents insisted he take up an instrument and so he chose classical guitar. At age 13 he got his hands on an electric guitar and wound up spending the rest of his teenage years playing in array of hardcore and speed metal bands (most notable: TRANSILIENCE). It was at this time that he received his nickname “Spooky” as a result of high school pals ribbing him about his metal-worshipping appearance of long hair and satanic T-shirt.

At 19 he moved to Toronto, enrolled in film school at York University, but kept his musical ideas rolling on a 4-track recorder… Spookey began developing his affinity for the brighter sounds of pop, mixing up keyboards with distorted guitars and voices high and low, refining his own kaleidoscopic visions. These experiments lead to his solo debut album ‘Modes of Transportation Vol. 1” A bunch of critical acclaim internationally (primarily in Europe and Asia) and local praise following the simultaneous release of 2 separate CDs entitled ‘Bed’ and ‘Breakfast’ (Hi-Hat/Zomba) Finally arriving at Spookey’s latest independent album: ‘ALONE AT THE ZOO’ co-produced by John McEntire of Tortoise/The Sea and Cake. Now, backed by a smashing new Live band (THE MIRACLE BABIES) (Mike Boito (formerly w/ BECK) on keys / Carson Cohen: bass / Adam Marcello: drums), Spookey and crew will be touring up along the west coast, through Japan and back to Europe with many more surprises to come in the near future.


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  • Dylan_Gorr

    This is what it sounds like to open up a box of chooooclate caaaake.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • gnathonemus

    all albums and eps for free: just rediscovered how good modes of transportation and bed are

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • misstrain

    I was introduced to Spooky Ruben via a couple of copies of the video "These Days Are Old" that I got for free at a local, radio station. It is one of my favorite music videos and was influential in the local music scene at the time. I really want to get my hands on a copy of his DVD and see more.

    7 Jun 2009 Reply
  • fergusmcphail

    Are you the keeper of the goat?

    10 Feb 2009 Reply
  • RubenSpookey

    Shout out to my brutha! Canadian indie pop-rock artist extraordinaire.

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • staticbyfiat

    i own modes of transportation. a hidden gem it is.

    6 Sep 2008 Reply
  • hnesk

    This guy is so great, and nobody knows

    8 Nov 2007 Reply
  • Beat_C

    10'000 plays is just ridiculously low for such a talented man. the smilar artists list is silly, haha, but i guess that just shows how impossible it is to pigeonhole spookey.

    20 Jul 2007 Reply
  • SkunkieVector

    While I am not going to claim I understand Spookey's music anymore than the next person I have to say....Why is Céline Dion on the matching artists list? That is just wrong... Anywho, Spookey Ruben is fantastic! :D

    15 Jun 2007 Reply
  • duck1123

    Wendy McDonald was one of my favorite songs off the CMJ sampler I got from a friend back in high school.

    18 Nov 2006 Reply

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