The Rubens have gifted fans with ‘Muddy Evil Pain’, the final taste of their forthcoming album 0202 ahead of its release on Friday 12 February. To celebrate their fourth LP, the band has also announced their 0202 Album Launch Series – a 6-date run of regional NSW. The run of shows will kick off in Bathurst on Thurs Feb 4, followed by Morton (Fri Feb 5), Tamworth (Thurs Feb 11), Dubbo (Fri Feb 12), Port Macquarie (Sat Feb 13) before finishing in Thirroul on Fri Feb 20.
LISTEN: The Rubens – ‘Muddy Evil Pain’
‘Muddy Evil Pain’ is an exciting final glimpse into 0202 – an album that sees the band in the driver’s seat, brimming with big ideas, clever production, and their most assured sound to date. With 0202 the band has fully transformed into an alt-rock/pop powerhouse and self-produced an album that will have people re-evaluating what they thought they knew about The Rubens.
“’Muddy Evil Pain’ is a good indicator as to how we’ve grown as a band sonically. It’s essentially a folk-gospel song blended with heavily distorted pulsing synths, something we never would have considered doing on our first record but now comes naturally. It’s got so much energy, one we can’t wait to play live.” – The Rubens
An exclusive pre-sale for the 0202 Album Launch Series shows will be made accessible from noon AEDT on Friday 29 January for fans who purchase a $9.99 bundle HERE, which includes a digital download of 0202 and a signed poster. Bundles are available to purchase from now until Fri 29 Jan, 8.00 am AEDT (or until allocation has been exhausted). Fans who take up this option will receive their pre-sale ticket link on Fri 29 Jan at midday. General Public tickets going on sale at 8.00 am AEDT on Monday 1 February via the band’s website HERECementing their status as a band that continues to evolve as songwriters and push the boundaries of alternative rock/pop, new album 0202 – featuring hits ‘Live In Life’, ‘Time Of My Life’, ‘Heavy Weather’ & current single ‘Masterpiece’,– is a forward-thinking album for a backward year, and an exciting new chapter for The Rubens celebrating the five-piece at their creative peak.
A huge testament to their unwavering talent and ability to constantly reinvent themselves, 0202 marks the start of yet another exciting chapter for the band. “We’re so bloody proud of this album and the way we created it, and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have made it this far. Thanks to all our fans for being there, we can’t wait for you to hear this one!”
Following the second postponement of the band’s ‘Live In Life’ tour due to COVID-19, their biggest headline tour to date, the tour was rebranded to the 0202 Album Tour. The new dates, taking place from April – June 2021, will see the NSW band play metro cities for the first time since their 2018 LO LA RU album shows as well as regional venues across the 24-date run.