THREE brothers and a friend make up the Rubens, a band on the rise to all things great.
With a gentle nudge up from Triple J, the band has come a long way from recording their first song in a bedroom.
“I had no Idea what I was doing,” lead singer Sam said.
“That’s probably what gave it the raw sound.”
It’s pretty lucky to be able to pull a band together from within the family, but Sam said it just fell into place.
“We all played instruments so it seemed sensible to form a band,” he said.
“We all played something different too.”
It doesn’t sound like there would have been too much of a row anyway.
“We’re not the kind of brothers who fight all the time,” Sam said.
The Rubens visit Bendigo next month for a gig at The Star Bar.“We like playing the smaller venues,” Sam said.
“It’s far more intimate.
“On the larger venues there’s a barrage out front and you’re removed a bit from the audience.”
Such a thing won’t be the case on November 8 at the Star Bar.
The Rubens will still be hauling their own kit for the Bendigo gig, with Sam saying “It’s a bit wanky” to have a road manager.
“People like to see us set up ourselves anyway,” he said.
Touring is a busy time rather than a party time, with the van to pack up after a show, there’s rarely time for more than a few beers.
Sam has a lot of praise for radio station Triple J.
“Things changed after we started getting airplay,” he said.
“People knew who we were for one thing.
“They have been good to us, and have continued with that support.”
Sam said some bands are bitter over the station, generally those who do not achieve airplay.
“I think the station uses its power well,” Sam said.
“It is still weird when I hear our music on the radio, I assume it’s just a CD at first.”
Things have seemed to move quickly for the Rubens.
“We still jump around and leap up and down when good things happen,” he said.
“Next month we’re supporting the Black Keys in New Zealand, we love the band, so that will be great.“Then next year we’re off touring in the UK and US.”
But before all this they’re in Bendigo.
The Rubens play the Star Bar, Thursday, November 8 Stickets: $20 from www.moshtix.com.au