Ripe’s newest album Bright Blues is a collection of 12 songs full of sleek grooves and 

bold melodies that the Boston quintet put together to help ride out tough times, an 

anthem for better days ahead.


“The wildest thing for me is that the record simultaneously sounds like it has the 

scars of everything we’ve been through and also that it doesn’t — it’s joyful music, 

which is very exciting given that it was made in the middle of getting hit in the 

stomach,” says singer Robbie Wulfsohn, who came together with guitarist Jon 

Becker, drummer Sampson Hellerman, and trombonist Calvin Barthel while they 

were all studying at Berklee College of Music.


The band drew acclaim from the likes of the Boston Globe, Huffington Post and 

WXPN with their first full-length, Joy in the Wild Unknown. Their streams on Spotify 

surged past 56 million as they conquered stages at festivals including Bonnaroo, 

Firefly, SweetWater and Bottlerock, and sold tens of thousands of tickets across the 

US, including selling out the iconic House of Blues Boston and Brooklyn Steel. 

Bright Blues is their first release after signing to indie powerhouse Glassnote 

Records and their first release working with outside co-writers. Teaming up on 

production with Noah Conrad (BTS, Niall Horan) and Ryan Linvill (Olivia Rodrigo, 

Dermot Kennedy) helped bring the high-energy, freewheeling stage show to the 

recording studio, with the result being an album that shows the full scope of the 

band’s abilities as writers and performers. The live show has always been at the 

core of who Ripe is, and now the recorded music can stand alongside it as an all-

encompassing representation of who the band is and where they are going.


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