MUSIC LOUNGE EXCLUSIVE - 5 Questions with singer Sam Margin:
ABC ML: How does it feel to have your first song licensed?
Sam Margin: Pretty amazing, I can't say that I ever expected to hear one of our songs on an American show. Very cool.
ABC ML: What is your favorite film score/soundtrack?
SM: I couldn't pick one, but Tarantino usually gets it right.... Or 'Drive'!
ABC ML: What’s are your plans for the new year?
SM: We plan on spending as much time in the US as we can this year. Hopefully a bunch of festivals an shows.
ABC ML: Who are you listening to now?
SM: Band of Skulls
ABC ML: Coffee or Tea?
Although they’ve only been together since 2011, The Rubens have already won over a legion of fans with their rich, soulful take on blues rock. In a few short months they’ve erupted from bedroom-recording obscurity to sharing the main stage with the likes of Jack White and Bloc Party on one of Australia’s biggest music festivals: Splendour in the Grass. They also opened for The Black Keys in New Zealand and have just been selected to support Bruce Springsteen during his tour of Australia this March.
The Rubens consists of three brothers and a childhood friend who hail from Menangle, a small town south of Sydney, who decided to form a band that might one day become the biggest band not only in their native land but in the world. The four band members would mix their love of rock, blues and soul with an emphasis on song craft. Their collective goal would be to become classic songwriters and confident performers that would leave their stain on the world of alternative rock music for all time. A burning work ethic and sheer determination would result in their debut single, “My Gun,” rocketing to the top of the Australian pop charts with an album to follow, both attaining certified Gold sales status at home.
There’s an uncanny chemistry resonating with the discipline of siblings who play music together all the time; this may be why The Rubens sound more seasoned than most new bands. Add producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, The Strokes, Regina Spektor, etc.) to the equation and songs like “Lay It Down” have an identifiable style that comes from more than the band’s will to succeed. There seems to be no limit to what possibilities lay ahead for The Rubens in the foreseeable future. For now, they have the rest of the world within sights.