TRACK PREMIERE: The Rubens – Masterpiece

TRACK PREMIERE: The Rubens - Masterpiece
Photo by Cybele Malinowski

The Rubens offer up a heady dose of Australian sunshine with new track ‘Masterpiece’, an effervescent indie-pop bop designed for repeated listens and offering us the perfect respite we all need right now.

They say: “The song is about giving someone up, the doubt and eventual regret in realising you got it wrong.”

Matching the same slick sonic palette as the previous 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 the lyric video for ‘Masterpiece’ – BELOW:

The release follows recent tracks ‘Live In Life’, currently on 31.3M Spotify streams and was the third most-streamed Australian song of 2020; and ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ (with Vic Mensa), premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

Cementing their status as a band that continues to evolve as songwriters and push the boundaries of alternative rock/pop, new album 0202, produced by German-Australian record producer Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, The Jungle Giants and Tones and I), 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.

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 in Australia), ‘Million Man’, ‘God Forgot’ and lead to sold-out shows in London venues Heaven and Scala respectively, including appearances at The Great Escape and Dot To Dot festivals. 2016’s ‘Hoops’ topped triple j’s Hottest 100 list and saw the band perform live on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and included the 4 x Australian certified Platinum single ‘Hoops’.

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 Australian headline tour to date, the tour was rebranded to the 0202 Album Tour. The new dates, taking place from April – June 2021 in Australia, 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 – OUT FRIDAY 12 FEB 2021 – PRE-ORDER 0202 HERE

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