So you guys set off on your Hoops album release tour in mid-September, can you give us a lowdown as to what we can expect from your new album Hoops?
Personally, I think the songwriting is definitely better on this album, there are a couple of “heavier” songs than on the first album, the songs are pretty diverse.
Are there any musicians who have influenced your style in music?
I guess we’ve been influenced by a few bands, but also by styles of music, like hip-hop; when we first started out, The Black Keys were a pretty big influence I’d say, and early Kings of Leon, and then there are just bands we love but don’t necessarily sound like, like Tame Impala, but who influence the way we want certain parts of a record to sound.
My all time favourite tracks that you guys have produced has to be “The Best We Got” and “Elvis”, what are your personal favourites and why?
“Elvis” has always been one of my favourites too; my favourites are the ones that are the most fun to play live, like “Paddy” or “Lay It Down”, but my favourites at the moment are all off the new album.
How did The Rubens come to be?
We’d all played music apart from each other for years, I guess Elliott, Sam and I just got bored one day and had the idea to start playing music together, then once we got more into the idea we asked Scott to play drums, we’d been friends with him already for years, he lives practically down the road, then after a few months we met Will through our friend Dean who was helping us write and record, then we made the best decision of our lives and got him to play bass for us, and here we are.
What music are you guys currently listening to at the moment?
Lately, we’ve been listening to the new Kendrick Lamar album, and every single they’ve released from the new Tame Impala album, on repeat.
If you guys could tour with any other artist who would you choose?
I think we’d choose the rolling stones, one of our all-time favourite bands, they’d be huge shows, and I don’t think they’ve got much time left.
What’s on the cards for The Rubens for the future (after your tour)?
I guess after our tour we’ll be trying to go overseas hopefully, then once that’s over, write a new album, and do it all again.
Finish these sentences.. Sam is: me older brother Elliott is: me younger brother Scott is: a charming man Will is: ….our bass player
If one of you were sent to jail, who would it be and why?
William Zeglis, murder
Marry, Shoot and kill: Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Rihanna.
Marry Rihanna, and I’m not going to shoot or kill anyone, who do you think I am, William Zeglis?
If you 5 were stranded on an island, what are the 3 things you’d choose to take with you?
If I was stranded on a desert island, I’d take a good book, a guitar, and a speed boat.