Contrary to their tour name, The Rubens have no intention of holding back as they are now set to hit the road this June with their Hold Me Back Tour. Playing their biggest headline shows yet in Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, these once-in-a-lifetime concerts will give fans an opportunity to see a band at a thriving and momentous phase of their career.
The band burst onto the scene four years ago with their Platinum-certified debut The Rubens, composed of the three Menangle-born brothers plus two friends. The album rocketed to no. 3 on the ARIA Album Chart and earned The Rubens three ARIA Award nominations, while thumping track ‘My Gun’ picked up both Rock Work of the Year at 2013’s APRA Music Awards and a spot in the top 10 of triple j 2012 Hottest 100.
Boasting their bluesy rock sound, the Rubens seem unstoppable as they continue to grow following their massive triple j Hottest 100 win earlier this year with their anthemic platinum single ‘Hoops’. Lifted from their sophomore album of the same name, Hoops (out now through Ivy League Records) debuted at #2 on the ARIA Album Chart and continues to sit in the Top 100 since its August release. The tour not only celebrates the massive success of Hoops but also mammoth singles ‘Hallelujah’ and new single ‘Hold Me Back’.
“With Hoops The Rubens confirm that they’re Australia’s go-to for outstanding indie-soul” – Rolling Stone
“Hoops shoots even more soul into The Rubens’ blues-rock sound and shows off just how far they have grown as a band” – triple j
“Descriptions of this album as a “timeless record” can definitely be justified” – Musicfeeds
“Full of rock belters and woozy nuggets, The Rubens’ second album won’t disappoint” – The Music
The Rubens have proven over and over that they are a force to be reckoned with on the live stage, whether playing to tens of thousands of people at Splendour in the Grass (2015) or an intimate show for a few lucky fans. High energy antics, lead singer Sam Margin’s notorious crowd surfing and stage swagger are just some of the things they deliver from their performances. Reviews of their sold out 2015 Hoops national tour were glowing:
“It suggested the difference between a band that could merely carve out a decent career in front of adoring Australian audiences, and one that could really show the whole world a thing or two” – Five star, Sydney Morning Herald
“It was a great performance, one that is only going to get better” –TheAUReview
“The Rubens’ live show is passionate, lively and bright, made of genuine soul and nothing less” – Rip It Up
Joining The Rubens on these highly anticipated shows is Mansionair and Slum Sociable. Also supporting The Rubens is Ali Barter (For the Melbourne and Sydney shows only).
Support act Mansionair are absolutely not-to-be-missed. In 2014 the intriguing Sydney three-piece dropped what would go onto be an international smash hit ‘Hold Me Down’.
Opening the show will be lo-fo washed-out jazz hop animals from Mordialloc, Slum Sociable. The triple j favourites will perform their unique sounding tracks lifted from their debut 2015 EP TQ (out now through Liberation Music) including ‘Anyway’ and ‘All Night’.
Riding high on the success of 2015, The Rubens will undoubtedly bring nothing but their A-game. Secure your tickets and be blown away!