The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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