HAPPY TO HELP
The Rubens hit the Gold Coast as part of their Lo La Ru album tour, using their success to give other artists a hand up the musical ladder
When you’re just starting out in the music industry, getting a helping hand from an established artist can be the launchpad that skyrockets your career.
That’s why Australian blues-rock group The Rubens, playing at Miami Marketta tonight, hand-picked Brisbane indie artist RIVAH to support the Gold Coast show on their Lo La Ru album tour.
“Like most bands, we’ve been there,” The Rubens’ keyboardist Elliott Margin says. “We’ve been trying to hustle and play as many shows as we could.
“If you do get out of that and get known as an artist, it’s a nice thing for you to do to be able to give back to younger artists who are trying to do what you’ve done.”
Fans of Triple J will be very familiar with the band made up of three brothers and two friends from Menangle, New South Wales, first gaining recognition with their heartwrenching debut single Lay It Down in 2011.
Later, The Rubens went on to release platinum and gold certified albums The Rubens and Hoops, the latter’s title track earning them the No. 1 song in Triple J’s 2015 Hottest 100.
This year the band netted even more fans after being booked as the support act for the Australian and New Zealand leg of P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma world tour.
“The P!nk tour was massive – 32 dates across Australia and New Zealand,” Elliott says.
“Playing arenas and travelling around the country and playing in front of all these new fans was really special. When you start out as a band, you never think that it could be your full-time job.
“Everything that’s happened so far in our career is so special, it’s always been something that for us is a dream come true.”
Elliott maintains the band’s highlight of 2018 was releasing their third record Lo La Ru, featuring duet single Never Ever.
“You spend a long time working on new songs and crafting them, to get them out and be in the world is really cool,” Elliott says.
“It’s probably the most fun we’ve ever had making a record.
“Our mates converted a World War II bunker (to record Lo La Ru in) in our home town.
“That was really special to have people be a part of it, have barbecues, have it be a relaxed sort of vibe, not being in a studio where it’s costing you an arm and a leg to be there, so you’re working your arse off to get it done.”
Ahead of the show tonight, Elliott says the band is experimenting with new stage elements to put on a show bursting with energy.
“We’re working on a new set list, new songs, the live show and lights,” he says.
“It’s really exciting for us to try and do things we’ve never done before and we’ve always wanted to do that on stage.”
The Rubens play tonight at Miami Marketta. Doors open 6pm, tickets $56.10, go to oztix.com.au
Aussie favourites The Rubens will pull out all the stops at Miami Marketta tonight.