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  • This is The Rubens’ first #1 album!
  • Over their career to date The Rubens have 7 singles that have surpassed Gold status + a Gold and Platinum album
  • 0202 – a forward thinking album for a backwards year is the band’s first self-engineered and produced album
  • The album features singles ‘Live In Life’, ‘Heavy Weather’, ‘Time of My Life’ and current single ‘Masterpiece’
  • First single ‘Live In Life’ was nominated for ARIA Song of the Year, was the 4th biggest Australian song of 2020 & is now certified Double Platinum with over 40 million streams
  • Their 0202 album tour through April-Jul this year will be their biggest Australian headline tour to date
Ivy League Records are incredibly proud to announce that 0202 – the exceptional new album by local legends, The Rubens – has debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart! This achievement made even sweeter as it crowns the band’s 4th studio album and marks their first #1 record in their decade-long career. Proving to be more relevant now than ever, The Rubens boundary pushing album 0202 sees the band behind the production desk for the first time and features hit singles ‘Live In Life’ (double Platinum, ARIA Song of the Year nominee & the fourth biggest Australian song of 2020 (ARIA)),‘Time Of My Life’Heavy Weather‘ & current single ‘Masterpiece.

We are absolutely thrilled to take out #1 on our fourth album, the first time to land the position for us. We uploaded our first track on triple j unearthed ten years ago and to be still doing what we love and connecting with fans all over the world means so much to us, especially after such a tough year for our industry as a whole. To Ivy League Records/Mushroom, Grow Yourself Up and the rest of our team, thanks for your hard work and support. To our families, absolute rocks. To our fans old and new, thank you for coming on our journey and getting behind us. We cannot wait to hit the road to share the new album live.
– The Rubens

This is such an incredible achievement and one that feels extra sweet as it comes on the band’s 4th record. To stay at the top of your game for a decade is no mean feat and it is all due to The Rubens’ incredible ability to grow, experiment and embrace the new. The great, late Pete Lusty signed the band back in 2011 and we know he is celebrating this with us right now, double scotch in hand. This one’s for him. Congratulations The Rubens!
– A&R Director, Marihuzka Cornelius, on behalf of Ivy League Records

0202 marks the second ARIA #1 album for the indie label in the last 9 months – with The Teskey Brothers’ Live At The Forum debuting in the top spot in May 2020.

With 0202 the band have fully transformed into an alt-rock/pop powerhouse and, for the first time, have self-produced an album that will have people re-evaluating what they thought they knew about The Rubens.

Listen to the band talk through the making of 0202
By the time album opener and absolute belter ‘Masterpiece’ comes to an end, it becomes very clear that The Rubens have emerged inspired from all the twists and turns thrown at them in 2020 and injected a new energy into this incredible record. 0202, a forward-thinking album for a backward year, sees The Rubens creating a sound that effortlessly dances across genres – alt-rock, rnb, pop and hip hop all collide into something uniquely their own.

0202 follows third album LO LA RU, which featured hits ‘Never Ever (feat Sarah)’ (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. Their second album 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.

The Rubens will finish their regional NSW album launch shows tomorrow night in Thirroul (sold out) before kicking off their official 0202 album tour from April – July, playing metro cities as well as regional venues across their biggest headline tour to date.

A huge congratulations to The Rubens!

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
Thu-June-24-21 – Canberra Theatre, ACT
Sat-Jul-3-21 – Shadows, Mount Gambier, VIC
Sat-Jul-24-21 – The Gov – Adelaide, SA

The Rubens – 0202
Out now through Ivy League Records
Buy/stream here
0202 tracklisting:
1. Masterpiece
2. Heavy Weather
3. Live In Life
4. Time Of My Life
5. Thank You
6. Muddy Evil Pain
7. Holiday
8. Explosions
9. State Of My Mind
10. Apple
11. Back To Back
12. Party

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