November 2015

The Rubens. Currently on their biggest tour ever, spruiking second album Hoops, the follow up to their certified platinum, self-titled debut album. Along for the ride is Saskwatch: having just released their game-changing record Sorry I Let It Come Between Us, the now-6-piece are going through a watershed moment, shaking up their soul reputation and heading into untested waters with a collection of songs alternatively dubbed “raw” and “sparse”, a fascinating direction for this much-loved outfit. Opening will be Harts, who, according to Music Feeds, “validated every single breathless comparison to Jimi Hendrix, disco legend Nile Rodgers and Prince (who found Harts online and invited him over to jam)” at his recent BigSound show. You better get in early for this one!

The Rubens

Australian four-piece the Rubens make soulful, melodic rock music. Formed in 2011 in Menangle, New South Wales, Australia, the Rubens include brothers Sam Margin (vocals/guitar), Zaac Margin (guitar), Elliott Margin (keybaords/vocals), and longtime friend Scott Baldwin (drums). They released their self-titled debut album in 2012 which sold well and garnered them a J Award-nomination for Album of the Year. - Currently on their biggest tour ever, spruiking second album Hoops [out now via Ivy League Records], The Rubens are flying high. Hoops follows on from the band’s certified platinum, self-titled debut album, which landed at an impressive #3 on the ARIA Album Charts, earned them a nomination for ‘Best Album’ at the j Awards, clocked up three ARIA Award nominations and saw the band win an APRA Award. Album number two bettered their debut chart position by one: their tilt at the #1 spot on the ARIA Album Charts was thwarted by Dr Dre’s surprise release of Compton, leaving them the very tidy #2 position for Hoops.

Saskwatch

Generally speaking, a change of pace is known to be a remedy for the soul. So how fitting it is that Melbourne’s nine-piece soul outfit Saskwatch have returned as six, ready and willing to take you down another path. Their latest offering, Sorry I Let It Come Between Us, is an evolutionary one at that. Shifting and sliding between guitar heavy pop, bluesy melancholy and soulful ballads, the new album offers an emotionally assertive voice matched equally in musical intricacies. The album itself was recorded over a month long period at Mt Slippery – an old silversmith warehouse come recording studio on the outskirts of Philadelphia, America. It’s the studio of Dr Dog’s Scott McMicken and Nathan Sabatino, who together produced the album. Saskwatch have long been big fans of Dr Dog, both musically and in their work as producers, and relished at the chance to head overseas and work alongside them.

Harts

Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer from Melbourne. Often labelled as “A one man music making machine”, he writes everything, plays all the instruments, records and produces all his music singlehandedly in his bedroom studio. Spending the past few years developing his sound, Harts has become known for his Jimi Hendrix-like guitar playing and unique blend of Funk, Pop, Rock and Soul music, which has earned him praise worldwide. Most notably from iconic music legend Prince, who flew Harts out to his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, USA to meet and play with him in 2014 saying, “He reminds me of how I was at that age”.