11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Veteran producer David Kahne, who’s worked with everyone from The Bangles and Matthew Sweet to Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney, helps create a dramatic snap for Australian pop-rockers The Rubens on their self-titled debut album. Kahne’s efforts return a band that’s tight, bright, adventurous, and filled with promise. The basic melodies behind “The Best We Got” and “My Gun” are immediate, but it’s the maelstrom of stereo sounds that transform the songs into lush, psychedelic, baroque pop that recalls XTC and Elvis Costello at his most extreme. Strip back the magical playground of sound, and lead singer Sam Margin moves to the foreground with an excellent ballad read of “Never Be the Same” and a playful, near-Morrissey croon on “Elvis.” There’s even a touch of The Steve Miller Band in “I’ll Surely Die.” The Rubens are a band of obvious potential, and here they've picked the right producer to take them from the stage to a studio.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Veteran producer David Kahne, who’s worked with everyone from The Bangles and Matthew Sweet to Tony Bennett and Paul McCartney, helps create a dramatic snap for Australian pop-rockers The Rubens on their self-titled debut album. Kahne’s efforts return a band that’s tight, bright, adventurous, and filled with promise. The basic melodies behind “The Best We Got” and “My Gun” are immediate, but it’s the maelstrom of stereo sounds that transform the songs into lush, psychedelic, baroque pop that recalls XTC and Elvis Costello at his most extreme. Strip back the magical playground of sound, and lead singer Sam Margin moves to the foreground with an excellent ballad read of “Never Be the Same” and a playful, near-Morrissey croon on “Elvis.” There’s even a touch of The Steve Miller Band in “I’ll Surely Die.” The Rubens are a band of obvious potential, and here they've picked the right producer to take them from the stage to a studio.

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About The Rubens

Australian four-piece the Rubens make soulful, melodic rock music. Formed in 2011 in Menangle, New South Wales, the Rubens include brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Zaac Margin (guitar), and Elliott Margin (keyboards/vocals), as well as longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums). In 2012, they released their self-titled debut album, which sold well, getting certified platinum and garnering them a J Award nomination for Album of the Year. The Rubens returned in 2015 with their sophomore album, Hoops, featuring the single "Hallelujah." ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Menangle, New South Wales, Austra
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2011

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