Rubens fans hoop for joy

Hallelujah, The Rubens are performing in Perth next month.
Hallelujah, The Rubens are performing in Perth next month.

FANS of The Rubens have praised their musical gods with the announcement of a national tour to coincide with last week�s release of the band�s second album Hoops, featuring the popular track Hallelujah.

Released on May 19, Hallelujah was hailed as a stamp-your-feet, fist-pump-the-air rock anthem that would stay with listeners for days.

Keyboardist Elliott Margin said the reaction to the lead single had been really good.

�It�s scary going away and working on an album for so long and putting the first track out there,� he said.

�When we played Hallelujah for Splendour (in the Grass) it was the last song of our set and it felt just amazing,� he said.

�The crowd reacted to it amazingly and it just went off � I think that�s a good sign.

�You might hear some things on social media and the radio but the main reactions you care about are the ones live. If people enjoy it live then you�re pretty damn happy.�

Perth punters will have the chance to see the five-piece band in action again next month when they kick-start their 22-date national tour in WA, including a �high energy� show at the Astor Theatre on September 18.

�It�s the start of the tour and we haven�t toured in so long,� Margin said.

�We�re just really keen to be out on the road again and I think it will definitely show.�

�There will be a lot of high energy and we�ve got two albums under our belt now so we�ve got a whole lot of songs we can choose from and we can keep the energy up this time which is going to be fun.

�We didn�t have the option the year before so now we can chop and change and give people a different show every night which is exciting for us.�

Margin said the �cool people� who would also see the support acts would experience �a nice progression through the night�.

�You have Winterbourne with some nice folk, then Saskwatch with their real raucous, souly vibe and then us,� he said.

�It�s a nice eclectic mix of music which is what we were wanting to go for when we were looking at who we wanted on this tour.�

And with a new album that was written with a focus on how the songs would work live, Margin promised the Perth show would be better than their last.

�When we got on the road for the first (tour) it was like we weren�t a very good live band at all,� he said.

�We had to do a whole lot of learning very quickly and I think life on the road definitely made us a tighter band and made us realise what we were capable of, so writing this one we knew the kind of sounds we could achieve and we knew the type of music that worked in a live setting.�

With no time between wrapping up the debut album tour schedule and starting work on the follow-up, The Rubens spent five months on the NSW coast putting together a list of 35 songs to choose from.

They went to New York to record the album with Grammy Award winning producer David Kahne but it was not until they returned home that the album got its final touch.

�We were getting mixes back of the album and the song (Hoops) just came up and we felt like it needed to be on the album,� Margin said.

�So we went up to Sydney and recorded it in about two days and it was just a whole lot of fun.

�It was an easy song and in the end we knew it had to be there and then it felt right naming the album after the song just because it was a nice full stop and it had a whole lot of meaning to it as well.

�We had to go around in hoops, go around in circles getting this album finished and jumping through hoops.

�It felt like a nice way to sign off on it.�

The Rubens will take the Hoops National Tour on the road until mid-November before they look to release the album to the rest of the world early next year.

THE ESSENTIALS

Hoops National Tour (18+)

Who: The Rubens

Support: Winterbourne, Saskwatch

When: September 18

Where: Astor Theatre

Tickets: www.stagetix.com.au