"Sniper at the Gates of Dawn" is a reference to Pink Floyd's first album Piper at the Gates of Dawn, although rather than the whimsical trippiness of Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd a better reference point for the New Jack Rubys' darker psychedelic sound is the Velvet Underground. The band's name, New Jack Rubys, is a clever combination of terms--what they refer to as a "Before and After" on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune. "New Jack" comes from the R&B dance music popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s dubbed "New Jack Swing". The term was etched into the popular consciousness by the 1991 movie New Jack City. To "New Jack" this Australian band attached the name Jack Ruby to make New Jack Rubys. Jack Ruby, of course, killed Lee Harvey Oswald as he was being transported to a more secure jail (the irony).
from Conspiracy A-Go-Go,
released November 1, 2013
written by New Jack Rubys
originally released on Clams! (2013)