The Rubens have gifted fans with another incredibly catchy single ‘Masterpiece’ – a song about retrospectively realising you lost The One (“know I got it wrong, really all along, you were just a masterpiece”). Matching the same slick sonic palette as single ‘Live In Life’, ‘Masterpiece’ – also lifted from the band’s forthcoming new album 0202 (Feb 12) – is an irresistible dance across alt-rock, rnb, pop and hip hop genres, colliding into a sound that’s now uniquely their own.
WATCH: ‘Masterpiece’ by The Rubens
“The song is about giving someone up, the doubt and eventual regret in realising you got it wrong.” – The Rubens
The release follows the recent news that ‘Live In Life’ – nominated for ARIA Song Of The Year – was the third most streamed Australian song of 2020 on Spotify (behind two songs from Tones & I).
Cementing their status as a band that continues to evolve as songwriters and push the boundaries of alternative rock/pop, new album 0202 – featuring recent singles ‘Time Of My Life’, ‘Heavy Weather’ & ‘Live In Life’ – is a forward-thinking album for a backward year, and an exciting new chapter for The Rubens celebrating the five-piece at their creative peak. With 0202 the band have fully transformed into an alt-rock/pop powerhouse and self-produced an album that will have people re-evaluating what they thought they knew about The Rubens.
As well as finishing their fourth album, 2020 saw the band throw their support behind Year 12 students doing it tough through COVID by launching Study Break – a 1hour online professional development workshop for students interested in pursuing a career in music. The band also announced their 0202 Music Grants in partnership with Ivy League Records & Mushroom Group, awarding ten Year 12 students who demonstrate a passion for music and a desire to further their studies or business ideas $500 each to contribute to their next journey.
The arrival of The Rubens fourth album – almost ten years since their first upload to triple j unearthed as teenagers! – is a credit to their incessant work ethic & the impact the band have made over their incredible career. LO LA RU, featured hits ‘Never Ever (feat Sarah)’ (now Double Platinum), ‘Million Man’ (Certified Gold), ‘God Forgot’ (Certified Gold) and lead to sold out shows and a 42-date Arena tour supporting megastar P!NK. Hoops saw the band sell out headline shows at Hordern Pavilion and Margaret Court Arena and included hits ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Cut Me Loose’ and of course the 4 x Platinum the hit title track, which topped the 2015 triple j Hottest 100, while their debut self-titled LP was home to ‘My Gun’ (Certified Platinum), ‘Lay It Down’ (Certified Gold), ‘The Best We Got’ and more fan-favourites.
A huge testament to their unwavering talent and ability to constantly reinvent themselves, 0202 marks the start of yet another exciting chapter for the band. “We’re so bloody proud of this album and the way we created it, and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have made it this far. Thanks to all our fans for being there, we can’t wait for you to hear this one!”
Following the recent second postponement of the band’s ‘Live In Life’ tour due to COVID-19, their biggest headline tour to date, the tour was rebranded to the 0202 Album Tour. The new dates, taking place from April – June, 2021, will see the NSW band play metro cities for the first time since their 2018 LO LA RU album shows as well as regional venues across the 24-date run.
0202 The Rubens
Album out Friday 12 February 2021 through Ivy League Records
Available to pre-order here
2. Heavy Weather
3. Live In Life
4. Time Of My Life
5. Thank You
6. Muddy Evil Pain
9. State Of My Mind
11. Back To Back
0202 ALBUM TOUR 2021 Supported by Alice Ivy
Sat-Apr-03-21 – Crooked River Winery – Gerringong, NSW
Thu-Apr-08-21 – Fortitude Music Hall – Brisbane, QLD
Fri-Apr-09-21- Moncrieff Entertainment – Bundaberg, QLD
Sat-Apr-10-21 – Highfields Tavern – Toowoomba, QLD
Fri-Apr-16-21 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, NSW
Sat-Apr-17-21 – Bar On The Hill – Newcastle, NSW
Wed-Apr-28-21 – Riverlinks Westside – Shepparton, VIC
Fri-Apr-30-21 – Forum – Melbourne, VIC
Wed-May-05-21 – Whitestar Hotel – Albany, WA
Thu-May-06-21 – The River – Margaret River, WA
Fri-May-07-21 – Freo Social – Fremantle, WA
Sun-May-09-21 – Wintersun Hotel – Bluff Point, WA
Fri-May-14-21 – The Gap View Hotel – Alice Springs, NT
Thu-May-20-21 – Altar Bar – Hobart, TAS
Fri-May-21-21 – Altar Bar – Hobart, TAS
Sat-May-22-21 – Saloon Bar – Launceston, TAS
Sun-May-23-21 – Forth Pub – Forth, TAS
Wed-May-26-21 – The Leichardt Hotel – Rockhampton, QLD
Thu-May-27-21 – Seabreeze – Mackay, QLD
Fri-May-28-21 – Otherwise Bar – Townsville, QLD
Sat-May-29-21 – Tanks Arts Centre – Cairns, QLD
Wed-Jun-09-21 – Beer Deluxe – Albury, NSW
Thu-Jun-10-21 – The Whalers Hotel – Warrnambool, VIC
Fri-Jun-11-21 – Torquay Hotel – Torquay, VIC
The Rubens have done their best to honour the re-routing. Fans in Adelaide, Canberra & Bendigo – watch this space, more news to come!
The Rubens understand that it’s an extremely tough time for fans. For anyone who has previously bought tickets and wish to know their ticketing options, all ticketing & information can be found at therubensmusic.com .