PARTY’S OVER FOR RUBENS
The shine of seeing their dream become a reality hasn’t worn off on the Rubens.
The alternative rock fivepiece from regional New South Wales burst on to the scene with debut single Lay it Down in 2011, and backed it up with the success of My Gun, which was nominated for an ARIA.
Years later, with a new album, Hoops, which dropped in August to largely positive reviews, keyboardist Elliot Margin is still floored by their new-found fame.
“There’s not a lot of jobs out there where you get to travel, eat new food and drink new beers,” he says. “But just playing live shows as well. You turn up somewhere you’ve never been to and have people show up to see you play, it’s such a weird thing.”
The Rubens comprise three Margin brothers – Sam at the helm, Zaac on guitar and Elliot on keys – and friends Scott Baldwin on drums and William Zeglis on bass.
The dynamic makes for good chemistry, and Elliot Margin says there was no tension in the group. Even when it came to making tough decisions, such as cutting 35 songs down into an 11-track album, it was a relatively smooth, democratic operation.
“The first cull was easy. We could all agree on what the weaker songs were and bring it down to the good stuff,” he says. “Then it was talking about what the songs mean to us, why should they be on the album.”
Margin says they have learnt some hard lessons on the way – and that keeping themselves mentally and physically fit has become paramount.
“We had to really learn how to be a live band ... and learn about not partying too hard,” Margin says.
“You want to keep your sound steady and voice tight, keeping everything in check and being healthy. There’s a whole lot of stuff that is very unique to this job.”
The Rubens keep their partying in check.