The Rubens who are three brothers and a friend from a small rural New South Wales town join forces to start a band and take the country by storm. Their first eponymous album was released in 2012, which was a huge success winning an ARIA award and the song My Gun managed to crack the top 10 of Triple J's Hottest 100. You may know these boys from their most recent success with their song Hoops which topped Triple J's Hottest 100 this year, reaching number 1 and attaining international success.
The Rubens played a show on the 10th of June at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane which I was lucky enough to go along to. For an all ages gig the turn out was impressive with the frothing masses of underage grommets and a diverse range of over 18 people. The Rubens took the stage opening with 'The Day you Went Away' with an alluring stage presence. The thing that I noticed first with the Rubens is the ample difference in their live sound and their recorded music. The distortions that became apparent when face to face at a gig with the lads, utterly ticks that most important of boxes when it comes to live music which is offering a slightly alternate aural experience. Half way through the show the boys played a jazzy / rock n roll cover of an Adele song Hello which might I say I thought was better then the original, lengthened, deeper guitar exploration and unexpected vocal variation is very much the par of a Rubens gig with a sick light show.
As the live sounding in this venue was on point it definitely complimented the boys and made the show that much better, with a preview of new music that the band has currently been working on, it definitely kept the crowd on its feet wanting to hear more and more. A memorable song that they performed was 'Hoops' as it had a lot of emotion behind it and I felt that the audience really had a connection with that song, as it is their most popular hit. The boys closed with an old classic My Gun and Sam Margin [lead singer and guitarist] jumped off the stage ran to the back of the venue whilst still singing and grabbed a bottle of champagne from the bar and ran back up onto the stage and sprayed the audience with it, these boys are loose. Catch The Rubens playing some rock n roll and blues on their next show as they embark on a nation tour!
Reviewer - Ffion Hemphrey
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