Ivy League are thrilled to announce the return of The Rubens with their incredible new single ‘Million Man’; a soulful, groove-fuelled track that follows on where their certified Platinum, #1 triple j’s hottest 100 single ‘Hoops’ left off.
Premiering this morning on triple j Breakfast with Ben & Liam, the story of ‘Million Man’ begins at 2013’s Laneway Music Festival where The Rubens befriended NYC rapper EL-P and his band including his Run The Jewels producers/collaborators, brothers Wilder Zoby and Lil’ 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. Fast forward to 2017 and those musings have become a reality when both producers flew out from the bustling streets of New York City to the band’s newly created recording studio; a World War II communications bunker in the outskirts of Camden in Sydney’s deep South West.
Of the collaboration keyboard, vocalist and songwriter Elliott Margin says:
“When it came time to look for a producer for this new record, we realised 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.”
Penned at the height of their Hoops album campaign, ‘Million Man’ marks the first single off the band’s highly anticipated third album, due for release in 2018. According to Elliot ‘Million Man’ itself seemed to come on unexpectedly:
“The song itself kind of came from nowhere, just sitting at the piano and playing whatever came out,” says Elliott. “As the song developed, the lyrics slowly came and spelled out a story and the rest came from there. The chorus was an easy flowing one, which is rare.”
2016 was a massive year for The Rubens with the title track to Hoops taking out the coveted #1 spot on triple j’s Hottest 100 and the band embarking on their most ambitious headline tour yet – selling out shows including Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion and The Tivoli. Last year also saw The Rubens sell out their debut London headline show as part of a mammoth UK tour. The Rubens’ first two albums, The Rubens & Hoops, have gone Platinum and Gold respectively in Australia.
As the band gear up for what is bound to be a massive return, ‘Million Man’ should well and truly set the tone for what fans can expect to come from The Rubens. Get excited!
‘Million Man’ – The Rubens
Out now through Ivy League Records
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