The countdown is on until Australian rockers The Rubens finally kick off their long-awaited WA 0202 album tour.
Postponed last year, the new date of May 5 has been set for the The Rubens to start their WA tour in Albany at The White Star Hotel.
Originally from NSW, the band consists of three Margin brothers — Zaac, Sam and Elliott — and friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis.
Speaking to Inspire, one fifth of the band, Elliot Margin, revealed details about their fourth album, 0202, and what they had planned for the tour.
The album title refers to a “forward-thinking album for a backward year”.
Margin said they were all looking forward to playing live shows again.
“We’re excited to see people, be in a hot sweaty room, playing new songs we haven’t been able to play live for people in a long time,” he said.
“It doesn’t feel real, it was weird the ongoing postponement thing — now it’s ‘Oh wait, it’s actually happening’, so we’ve got to dust off the cobwebs.”
The band were scheduled to play in Albany in July for their Live in Life Tour but joined a growing list of postponements and cancellations triggered by the COVID-19 crisis almost a year ago.
“Regional areas like Albany don’t get as many bands coming through, so people are really receptive and appreciative,” Margin said.
“The best crowds are in the regions — they’re just music lovers who have a good time.”
Margin said fans could expect a mix of old and new songs.
“We can really map out our set — it will be our fourth record so there will be many songs to choose from,” he said.
“We want to play what fans want to hear but we might go back and play songs we haven’t in a long time on the road, just surprise people, keep them guessing and really craft it.”
Margin said the latest album was an indicator of how much the band had progressed since their musical debut in 2011.
“We were able to expand and push ourselves little more,” he said.
“The listener doesn’t want to hear the same thing so we were experimenting to try new things.”