The Rubens shot to fame following the success of their 2015 single ‘Hoops’. Reaching no. 9 on the ARIA singles chart and taking out the coveted number 1 spot in triple j’s Hottest 100, the Rubens are back with new music and a brand new global tour.

With some spare time in their schedule, the boys were recently in town for the inaugural Tune In UC concert at the UC Refectory. Rubens’ front man, Sam Margin, says the boys jumped at the chance to play in Canberra before kicking off their global tour and gives fans a hint of what to expect from the band this year.

“It looked like a bit of fun,” he said. “We haven’t been playing in a while – we’ve been recording our album, and we’ve sort of just been saying no to shows for a while and then this one came up in a window where we were ready to get back on the road and start testing out material.”

“This is just one of a few gigs we’re playing before the actual tour. It’s a chance to actually play a show where there was definitely going to be a bunch of people who are partying. It’d be fun and we can sort of just get that side of things going.”

The Rubens play UC Refectory for O Week. Photo by Lewis Haskew.

The Rubens play UC Refectory for O Week. Photo by Lewis Haskew.

Last year saw the release of ‘Million Man’, the first single off their upcoming album, and the first taste of new music from the band in more than two years. The new album is due for release later this year.

“It’s great. I think after touring the last record for ages and playing ‘Hoops’… We’d had a good run but by the end of it, I think we had all grown a bit tired of the material we had to draw on,” he said.

“We had two albums out at that point and we’d played the shit out of them.”

“We’re really excited to play ‘Million Man’,” he said. “It has a certain sound. It kind of encapsulates the whole sound of every song on the record but there’s so much variation. We’re excited for that to come out and see whether we’ve done it or not.”

January 2016 saw the boys take out the number one spot in triple j’s annual Hottest 100. Since then, a lot of things have changed for the boys, enabling them to tour their music across the globe.

“I think ‘Hoops’ definitely helped us and I think that it’s allowed us to come back and have the time to spend to make new stuff and not have to go do a nine-to-five. We’ve just been able to spend our time making music and recording music.”

“‘Hoops’ definitely kicked off that next phase of our career, it put us up to that next level of playing bigger shows and venues we never thought we’d ever play.”

With a new album on the way, Margin explains what else fans can expect from the band this year.

“We’ve got a bunch of stuff happening that I can’t talk about that we found out yesterday,” he explains. “Within the next, say, three or four weeks there’ll be some other big stuff when it comes to touring. We haven’t set the date for our record but it’s going to come out in the next few months. We’ll have a new song out in a few weeks and then some big tour news will be coming out at the same time.”

The Rubens start their global tour in New Zealand next week before heading back to Australia then across North America, Europe and the UK.

Details about The Rubens upcoming tour can be found here.