Macarthur band The Rubens have announced the release date for their third album.
The band – who reached national acclaim when their earworm hit Hoops took out the Hot 100 countdown in 2016 – will drop new album Lo La Ru on Friday, June 29.
The Menangle band, which features brothers Sam, Zaac and Elliott Margin (graduates of Macarthur Anglican School) and their friends Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis, have also released a brand new single from the upcoming album.
Never Ever, featuring APRA Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year winner Sarah Aarons (who goes by ‘Sarah’ professionally), follows the first single from the album, Million Man.
Sarah, only 23 years old, has already written hits including Stay by Zedd and Alessia Cara, and songs for Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Maren Morris and Dua Lipa.
The band were keen to work with Aarons when they heard she was returning to Australia from the US for a short stay, even though they already considered their album complete.
“The day we met Sarah in the studio, she told us that her grade 10 teacher introduced her to our song Lay It Down and that is what inspired her to do music in Year 11 and 12,” Elliott said.
“We were pretty blown away with that – a good sentiment to start writing together.
“We actually thought with the album completed we would be writing a song for someone else.
“The main chord structure and melody was something I had been fiddling with for a while but couldn’t find the words or story for.
“After meeting Sarah and having a chat we got stuck into the song, started throwing ideas around.
“Pretty quickly we realised it needed to be a duet and from there the story started to take shape.”
Elliot said the lyrics began to represent a relatable, heart-breaking story.
“The song became about these two lovers caught in the moment as their relationship drops away,” he said.
“There’s to-ing and fro-ing as they pass blame and second guess their actions before they realise that what they had is already over.”
Lo La Ru takes The Rubens’ music in a new direction, pushing their creative limits.
They worked with producers Wilder Zoby and Little Shalimar at their recording studio, a restored WWII communications bunker near Camden Airport.
Earlier this year The Rubens played at the Sydney Opera House, a first for the band.
Lo La Ru is available to pre-order now in digital, CD and LP formats.