Anthony Rubery is an urban pop singer-songwriter from North-East London. Taking influence from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, Post Malone and The Beatles, the singer offers a deep insight into his life with honest and gritty lyrics. Anthony spent the last 3 years studying in Cambridge, and was quick to make his presence known in the local scene. The singer broke two records in the Cambridge 105 Unsigned Chart with his 2017 song, Intoxicated, spending 15 weeks at number 1 and entering into the chart’s Hall of Fame. In the same year, Anthony supported The Ordinary Boys at The Garage, Islington, as part of their 2017 UK Tour.
Rubery released two singles in 2018, Temptations and Your Side. Both gained support from BBC Introducing, with the latter being debuted by Tom Simkins on Introducing Cambridgeshire. The success of both tracks helped Anthony to win Best Male Solo Act at the 2018 NMG Awards.
Written and co-produced by Anthony, Devil has a raw and sharp hip hop feel; the harsh bass and mellotron sounds set a dark, devilish scene, while the trap drums help to drive the song to its climax. The lyrics address the singer’s battle with mental health and its effect on himself and those close to him.
Speaking on the release, Anthony says:
“I often use my songs as an outlet to address things in my personal life – Devil is no different. The song is based around a pretty evil corner of my brain that stores some very selfish and hurtful thoughts. I spend a lot of time thinking, which in turn leads to overthinking, which often leads me to this corner. Devil is an apology to those close to me that I have hurt, as well as an attempt to explain my headspace”.
“The second verse is slightly different in theme; it’s my story as an independent artist trying to break into the industry, about keeping heart and focus over every hurdle and the mental challenges that I have faced. I think anyone releasing openly-accessible content has a moral obligation to use their platform to make a positive contribution to society. Mental health is something I care greatly about and being open with it so vitally important – I hope doing so myself will help, or at least comfort, others in a similar position.”