The Rubens take on Melbourne

Christine McGinn | Bendigo Weekly | 14-May-2013

The Rubens
Musical young guns, The Rubens, took Melbourne by storm, showcasing the very best of true-blue talent at the Forum Theatre.

Raised in Menangle, NSW, the four lads played to a packed house on May 11 sounding their hard-hitting ballads soaked in soul.

Emerging from the glow of stage lights, front-man Sam Margin, 23, broke the silence with the track, The Day You Went Away from their self-titled debut album. Margin 23, drew in the crowd with his unique deep tonal vocals belting out dark lyrics “Don’t ever try to call; I’m not here no more. I’ve gone far away; I’ve locked all my doors”.

Younger brother Elliot, 19, added backing vocals and traced his fingers across the keys while Zaac Margin, 21 produced electrifying riffs aiding his older brothers’ vocal tones.

Fused with pounding beats from childhood friend and drummer Scott Baldwin, The Rubens, mesmerised the audience in a bluesy-rock fusion inspired by The Black Keys.

The Aussie lads toured their music catalogue in an hour long set covering 13 tracks, packing a punch with their legion of fans.

The Rubens struck the audience with their track Elvis sounding mature lyrics, “Truth be told, I want to grow old with you… It gets easier to love you”.

The Rubens’ unique deep tonal vocals, wailing guitars and pounding beats resonate as a raw and compelling insight into young adulthood.

Bursting with emotion and screaming of personal experiences, The Rubens led the audience through a knockout performance of lyrical and melodic talent beyond their years.  

Yet, these musically talented lads mumbled their way between tracks, seemingly shy and unaccustomed to the overwhelming support.

Brothers in arms, The Rubens’ packed an encore punch with their 2012 ARIA Award Best Video Nominee and #10 Hottest 100 track My Gun, sounding provocative lyrics “I gave her the means, she had the will. I kept on pushin’, for the kill… She left me to bleed with my gun”. The Rubens is set to become Australia’s greatest musical export.

Supported by home-grown talent, Ali Barter and American Walk The Moon, The Rubens rose to the occasion showcasing their harmoniously crafted lyrical genius and musical talent in a mesmerising set.

The Rubens’ first got lucky, breaking on Triple J Unearthed to secure a spot at the 2011 Homebake line-up then later, soaring onto the Hottest 100 countdown.

Earning their musical stripes both locally and internationally, The Rubens have secured their debut album third position on the ARIA Album Chart and propelled it across the USA, UK and Europe.

Despite only hitting our airwaves in 2011, The Rubens are set for more acclaim as they shake the music scene with their soulful approach to blues.

The knockout performance was part of their sold-out Australian tour, Never Be The Same.


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