Ruby Gilbert is an artist from Brisbane who blends Americana with blues, folk and pop influences to create a powerful and distinctive sound which on her new song, ‘No Vacancy’, draws in the listener immediately and threatens to never let us go. And it’s ‘threatens’ because there is a sense of menace here – not from Gilbert herself but from the idea of being trapped in an unwanted circumstance while yearning for something better.

‘”No Vacancy” is about the early stages of a romance and the inevitability of it coming to an end,’ says Gilbert. ‘I wrote the song in 2018 and was on tour at the time, and had been spending a lot of time in hotel rooms, which I felt fit the theme of the song.’

Gilbert released an EP, Dearly Beloved, in 2018. She received a Queensland Music Award nomination for her debut single ‘Oh Bones’, has played multiple prominent festivals around Australia including BIGSOUND and has opened for the likes of CW Stoneking, Justin Townes Earle and The Teskey Brothers.

‘No Vacancy’ will be launched at a show at Can You Keep a Secret? in Brisbane on 29 April.