Tiny Ruins

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Tiny Ruins
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres Indie folk
Years active2009–present
Labels Spunk, Milk! Records, Marathon Artists, Ba Da Bing!
Members Hollie Fullbrook (vocals, guitar)
Cass Basil (bass)
Alexander Freer (drums)
Tom Healy (guitar)

Tiny Ruins are a musical ensemble from Auckland, New Zealand.



Tiny Ruins began as an alias for singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, who recorded as a solo artist prior to 2009. [1] Fullbrook recorded an EP with singer-songwriter Lieven Scheerlink in 2010 under the name Tiny Ruins and toured Europe for the first time with him and Ana Franco from Coffee & Wine. [2] In 2011, she recorded the full-length Some Were Meant for Sea. She then opened for Fleet Foxes and toured internationally with Calexico and Beach House. [1] After adding Cass Basil and Alexander Freer to the lineup, Tiny Ruins recorded a second album, Brightly Painted One, which was released in 2014. [3] [4] Guitarist Tom Healy and violinist Siobhanne Thompson performed on the album and appeared with the group on subsequent tours. [5] Brightly Painted One was awarded Best Alternative Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in November 2014. [6]

In 2016, Fullbrook teamed up with Hamish Kilgour and former Terrorways, Gary Havoc & The Hurricanes [7] [8] drummer Gary Hunt for the Hurtling Through release. [7]


TitleRelease infoYearNotes
Some Were Meant for SeaSpunk Records (URA3651), Own Records (OWNVIN63)2011Luxembourg release, UK release
Chart: NZ #35 [9]
Brightly Painted OneFlying Nun Records (FNLP452M)
Spunk Records (URA4551, URA436)
Arch Hill Recordings (URA436)
2014New Zealand release, Australia release
Chart: NZ #19 [9]
Olympic GirlsBa Da Bing Records2019NZ #11
CeremonyUrsa Minor Records2023NZ #9 [10]
TitleRelease infoYearFormatNotes
Little Notes
(with A Singer of Songs)
Underused Records (USED005), HI54LOFI Records (USED005)2010CDUK release
Limited run of 500
HauntsSpunk Records (URA4231)201310"Australia release
Hurtling ThroughBella Union (Bella515V)
Flying Nun Records (FN558)
Spunk Records (URA481)
201512"UK release, Australia release
TitleRelease infoYearFormatNotes
"Dream Wave" / "Dream Wave" (instrumental)Bella Union (BELLA567V)20167"Released: 10 June 2016

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  3. Review, NME
  4. Review, Pop Matters
  5. Live Review, New Zealand Herald
  6. Tiny Ruins wins VNZMA for Best Alternative Album. 3News, 20 November 2014.
  7. 1 2 Radio New Zealand Tiny Ruins & Hamish Kilgour
  8. Simon Grigg The Terrorways (12.78 – 11.79)
  9. 1 2 Search for Tiny Ruins at Charts.org.nz
  10. "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 8 May 2023. Retrieved 6 May 2023.