The Rubens have had a year for the ages. They released their third album LO LA RU, been on a headline tour twice as well as toured packed stadiums across the nation with American pop icon P!nk. They’ve expressed their thoughts on the whirlwind times playing to thousands of people in Australia’s biggest venues, however they seemed more then excited to be back on tour in support of their latest album. On Thursday night The Rubens took the stage at Gold Coast’s Miami Marketta with support acts RIVAH and Little May.
There was much anticipation to hear songs from LO LA RU now the album was finally out, and we had time to learn it back to front. The quintet from Menangle opened with new banger ‘Go On’ followed by oldie ‘Best We Got’. They were playing an excellent choice of songs from their all releases with ‘Casper’, ‘Hold Me Back’ and ‘Cut Me Loose’ right on cue to allow front man Sam Margin to jump in and get amongst his crowd. Their classics always get a sing along such as ‘Elvis’, ‘The Day You Went Away’ and ‘My Gun’ that was practically sung by the crowd, however was amazing to see the reception the new music was receiving.
Surprisingly crowd favourite for the night was taken out by the ‘God Forgot’, the response was like a Thursday evening at church and The Rubens allowed everyone to sing, dance and be free. This was followed by ‘Freak Out’ and catchy tune ‘I Know’ that had Sam lead his audience into a strut like motion to the songs groove. They continued on with their original rendition of Chance the Rapper’s ‘Same Drugs’, ‘The Fool’ and anthem of ‘Hallelujah’. After a few words of thanks and praise to the crowd, opening act RIVAH joined on stage to for the beautiful duet of ‘Never Ever’ followed by The Rubens breakthrough hit ‘Hoops’.
In an attempt to ditch the stage, they shortly returned with fresh beers in hand. Understandably the packed Miami Marketta crowd were eager to keep singing and no better timing for the band to play their first track that premiered on Triple J ‘Lay It Down’. The evening concluded on a high with the bouncy single ‘Million Man’ that has definitely become a highlight on their set list.
The Rubens put on a fantastic show for the Gold Coast crowd and there was a lot to take out of their performance. Most noticeably the band have really stepped it up a notch, their live show is the best it’s ever been. There was no need for improvement since I’d last seen them, however I guess playing at Australia’s largest stadiums definitely helped. The new music from LO LA RU have certainly cemented a place on The Rubens setlist as they sound absolutely amazing live. The Rubens have a few more weeks of touring, I definitely recommend seeing them and their new music live.
Check out Lo La Ru for yourself below: