I’m man enough to admit when I was wrong, and not reviewing Sydney band the Rubens until now was very wrong. Sorry music world. Brothers Sam, Elliott and Zac Maargin enlisted friend Scott Baldwin in early 2011, and they have quickly developed a huge following locally. So popular was their debut single “Lay it Down,” that it hit #57 in the Triple J Hottest 100, the world’s largest music-poll. They’ve recently been recording their debut album in New York with the help of David Kahne, who has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, the Strokes and Regina Spektor).
“Lay it Down” is one of the smoothest tracks I’ve ever heard, perhaps taking influence from another era. From the crooning vocals to the bluesy guitar and laid-back percussion, this song has struck a chord locally and will no doubt prove just as popular to the wider audience. Emotively touching, this track has fantastic longevity as exhibited by me still listening to it after almost 6 months since its release.
They’ve recently returned to our shores for a national tour, but with the album release pending, no doubt they’ll be packing their bags soon enough.