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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHER­SON

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.

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