Acclaimed Australian band The Rubens’ has premiered a new song “Million Man” on Ones To Watch, who proclaimed, “The song is easily infectious.” “Million Man” marks the first single off the band’s highly anticipated third album, due for release in 2018.
The story of ‘Million Man’ began at 2013’s Laneway Music Festival, where The Rubens befriended New York City rapper EL-P and his band, which included his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, brothers Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar (aka Torbitt Schwartz). After a few nights spent drinking in New York at a bar that Torbitt and Wilder co-owned, it seemed their effortless friendship could lead to a pretty interesting musical collaboration.
In early 2017, both producers flew to the band’s newly created recording studio, housed in a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney and began working on new material. Of the collaboration, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Elliott Margin says, “When it came time to look for a producer for this new record, we realized that they’d be the perfect guys to work with. ‘Million Man’ was the first track we worked on in the studio with the boys. It was genuinely just a fun time building the song and being creative together.”
The Rubens is a five-piece alternative rock band originally from Menangle, New South Wales. The band comprises the three Margin brothers, Elliott, Zaac and Sam as well as friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis. The bands 2016 sophomore album, Hoops, is now certified ARIA Gold while their title track is now ARIA Certified Platinum and was awarded #1 on Triple J Hottest 100 Chart. The band has also opened for several major acts including Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys and Grouplove.