There’s still a few weeks to wait until The Rubens’ new album is released. But for those eager beavers preordering the new album with a golden ticket in hand, a showcase performance at Howler was an early opportunity to hear some of those new tunes.
Let’s get one thing straight though – yes, the ticket was called a golden ticket, but there was nothing golden about it other than its name (scrap any images coming to mind from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). It had however been a couple of years since seeing The Rubens at the Forum, a mighty performance with a debut release in tow.
This time around, it was new tunes from the outset and if first impressions are anything to go by, sounds that are a little edgier, a little darker with more of a rock bent, but still with catchy hooks and choruses judging by the latest single Hoops.
Hallelujah, the first single from the new album is a killer track but the band also shared what was described as the heaviest track on the album which could be a potential favourite – a little more distortion and rougher around the edges, but also a willingness to branch out from the expected.
A two song encore, wrapping up with another newie called Cut Me Loose and the night was done – a bit underwhelming in some ways. It seemed everyone was just getting into it and when you’re hearing between-tune banter about how keen the band was to be back performing, it’s not a night you necessarily want to cut short.