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Tiny Ruins Announces 'Some Were Meant For Sea' 10th Anniversary Tour + Reissue

Tiny Ruins Announces 'Some Were Meant For Sea' 10th Anniversary Tour + Reissue

Annabel Kean / Photo credit: Si Moore / Thursday 3rd June, 2021 2:00PM

Tiny Ruins head honcho Hollie Fullbrook has been hit with the realisation that a whole decade has passed since she released her debut album Some Were Meant For Sea and embarked on her first solo tour of Aotearoa. To mark the occasion, Some Were Meant For Sea will be reissued on seafoam green translucent vinyl LP and Digipak CD with previously unreleased bonus track 'The Oldest Bar in Town', and this winter Fullbrook will be retracing the steps she took ten years ago, touring the same four cities she did back in 2011. Of course her fanbase and average crowd size has ballooned a fair bit since then, so the specific venues aren't exactly the same — Wine Cellar has been swapped out for the larger capacity Whammy Bar, San Fran instead of Mighty Mighty (RIP), Loons instead of Wunderbar in Lyttelton, and Dunedin's Hanover Hall in place of Chicks Hotel. Whether you want to relive a glorious memory or have turned eighteen in the past ten years, we'd recommend getting in quick, don't miss out on catching Fullbrook performing her debut album in its entirety at the dates below...

Undertheradar proudly presents...

Tiny Ruins (Solo)

Wednesday 14th July - Loons, Christchurch
Thursday 15th July - New Zealand International Science Festival, Hanover Hall, Dunedin*
Thursday 29th July - Whammy Bar, Auckland
Saturday 31st July - San Fran, Wellington

Doors for all shows open at 8pm
Tickets on sale HERE via UTR
*Dunedin tickets available HERE

A few months after her 2011 Tiny Ruins tour, Fullbrook performed album track 'Bird In The Thyme' for bFM...

Pre-order the 10th Anniversary limited edition vinyl in translucent sea-green or Digipak CD from Tiny Ruins' Bandcamp page HERE and all good record shops — due to be shipped on 24 September 2021.

Press release:

It is with pleasure that we announce a special repressing of Tiny Ruins' debut album Some Were Meant for Sea, to celebrate its 10th anniversary since release in May 2011. Complete with unreleased bonus track 'The Oldest Bar in Town', and on 12" seafoam green translucent vinyl, it is now available for pre-order, with release and delivery scheduled for September 24th.

Also announced today are a small number of exclusive shows in the country's main centres, mirroring the first tour that Hollie Fullbrook undertook solo in 2011. Taking place in intimate venues in Christchurch, Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington, Fullbrook will play Some Were Meant for Sea in its entirety, with stories and background to the songs along the way.

A rare blend of eloquent lyrical craft and explorative musicianship, the songs of Tiny Ruins have been treasured by crowds and critics for over a decade. Via an eclectic raft of influences, the musical world of Hollie Fullbrook and band spans delicate folk, lustrous dream pop and ebullient psychedelia. Born in Bristol and raised in West Auckland, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Fullbrook's debut LP Some Were Meant for Sea (2011) features her alone, and was quickly celebrated by radio playlists and blogs worldwide. The album’s clutch of “gorgeous vignettes” (BBC) put the artist on the map, and she took to the road from her home in New Zealand to tour extensively overseas.

Fullbrook wrote the songs for 'Some Were Meant for Sea' during the previous three years while flatting and studying in Wellington, with many of the songs inspired by the capital city. When a flatmate convinced her to play the songs at a local open mic night, the sound engineer, Samuel Prutton, offered to record Fullbrook's demos. These landed in the lap of Australian indie label Spunk Records' Aaron Curnow, who flew Fullbrook to Sydney to see her play live before signing her to the label. Some Were Meant for Sea was then recorded, produced & mixed by Greg 'J' Walker (Machine Translations) at the Moyarra School Hall and the Jumbunna General Store, South Gippsland, Australia in December 2010, except for 'Little Notes', recorded & mixed by Hollie Fullbrook & Lieven Scheerlinck in Barcelona, in July 2010.


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Tiny Ruins
Wed 14th Jul 7:30pm
The Loons, Lyttelton
Tiny Ruins
Thu 15th Jul 7:30pm
Hanover Hall , Dunedin
Tiny Ruins
Thu 29th Jul 7:30pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland
Tiny Ruins
Sat 31st Jul 8:00pm
San Fran, Wellington